The Nightingale Centre

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The Nightingale Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital

Prevent Breast Cancer is based at The Nightingale Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital and works closely with the staff and researchers based in the building. Prevent Breast Cancer raised £2 million towards the building of The Nightingale Centre – Europe’s first purpose built breast cancer prevention centre. The Nightingale Centre also houses the Family History Clinic, Prevent Breast Cancer Research Unit and many of the clinicians, dietitians and researchers that support our work. The Family History Clinic sees around 2,600 patients a year, and has around 80,000 patients involved in their research studies.

The Building


The Nightingale Centre offers state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services to women and men with breast cancer. Opened in July 2007, the building is situated on the University Hospital of South Manchester complex in Wythenshawe.

The Nightingale Centre co-ordinates the NHS breast-screening programme for the Greater Manchester area and provides a base for one of the most ambitious breast cancer research programmes in Europe.

The Centre has specially designed consultation, examination, counselling, mammography, radiology, and ultrasound rooms. There are also rooms dedicated to pathology, prosthesis, lymphodema and bone densitometry. As well as this, The Nightingale Centre is the home to many of the Prevent Breast Cancer researchers and provides training facilities aimed at addressing the shortage of breast cancer specialists.

The Nightingale Centre was designed following consultation with breast cancer patients and staff. The interior is light and airy, offering a peaceful and welcoming atmosphere for patients. It incorporates a glazed atrium entrance and waiting area with a beautiful stained glass window created by the artist, Martin Donlin. Tranquil ambience features both inside and out, with planted areas of landscaping, two internal courtyards and a tranquillity garden.

Throughout the building room plaques are displayed to thank those who generously sponsored rooms for £25,000+. Our Wall of Dedication is displayed in the atrium and it lists all supporters who donated £1000+ towards the initial build of The Nightingale Centre. Thanks to the numerous donations we received, there is limited space left on our Wall of Dedication, so we now ask for a minimum donation of £10,000 to be listed.


Breast screening


Each year approximately 50,000 patients are screened from the Greater Manchester area and 13,000 appointments are made at The Nightingale Centre.

A team of dedicated breast care nurses are based at The Centre, offering advice and support to patients diagnosed with breast cancer.

Find more information about breast screening (Mammogram), GP Referral to a Breast Clinic and what to expect from your first mammogram.

How to get there

The Nightingale Centre’s full postal address is:

The Nightingale Centre
Wythenshawe Hospital
Southmoor Road
M23 9LT

Travelling by car:

There is a car park directly outside The Nightingale Centre. Please bring cash with you to pay for your parking. The hospital has excellent motorway links and is easily accessible from the M60 and M56.

From North & West: exit M60 at junction 5 (A5103 / M56), exit A5103 at A560.

From South: exit M56 at junction 3a (A560).

From East: exit M60 at junction 4 (M56), exit M56 at junction 2.

If you are using a satnav, enter postcode M23 9LT.

The Nightingale Centre also has a drop-off and pick up point and you can park in our car park, for free, for up to 20 minutes.

Public Transport options:

Tram – the nearest tram stop is Roundthorn which is only a 5-minute walk away from The Centre.

Bus – View all available bus routes to Wythenshawe Hospital.

Cycle – There is a bike locking station at the front of The Nightingale Centre, and a bike shed in front of the Outpatients Department.

Park and Ride – The Wythenshawe Hospital shuttle runs from Monday – Friday (not including UK bank holidays) and timetables are available for Oxford Road to Wythenshawe and Wythenshawe to Oxford Road.

Gift Shop & Coffee Bar

On arrival at The Nightingale Centre, you will see the NHS reception area where you should go to let them know you have arrived for your appointment.

We pride ourselves on trying to make anyone’s visit to The Nightingale Centre as stress free as possible, and so as a charity we have introduced some non-clinical areas in the main reception. To the right of the NHS reception is Prevent Breast Cancer’s Gift Shop and round the corner is our Coffee Bar,which is run by our dedicated volunteers.


Gift Shop


Coffee Bar

About Prevent Breast Cancer

Prevent Breast Cancer is the only UK charity entirely dedicated to the prediction and prevention of breast cancer – we’re committed to freeing the world from the disease altogether. Unlike many cancer charities, we’re focused on preventing, rather than curing. Promoting early diagnosis, screening and lifestyle changes, we believe we can stop the problem before it starts. And being situated at the only breast cancer prevention centre in the UK, we’re right at the front-line in the fight against the disease. Join us today and help us create a future free from breast cancer. If you have any questions or concerns, email us today.