Breast Screening in Manchester

Breast Health serviceOur hospital has a dedicated Women’s Health Unit, with a separate waiting area, offering additional privacy to patients requiring a breast assessment.

Our specialist breast nurses, highly experienced consultants and radiologists will guide you through your consultation and any examinations that may be required.

At The Alexandra we offer a One Stop Clinic where patients can attend a consultation, have a mammogram/ultrasound and receive the results the same day. We recommend allowing a minimum of two to three hours for the whole visit.

The Alexandra also offers a Breast Screening Service for patients wishing to have a mammographic screening, and a Family History Service to determine whether you are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer. If necessary, our experienced Breast nurses will advise you on the treatment options available.

Should you need to have further treatment or surgery, our private Oncology Centre operates a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) who will review your case and provide you with a personalised treatment plan to suit your diagnoses and needs.


At your first consultation you will be seen by a breast surgeon who will take a full history and examine your breasts and underarms. If necessary, they will recommend further tests.

Tests may include:


A mammogram can help identify breast cancer in its early stages and is usually recommended to women over the age of 40. The scan uses a low dosage, to examine the breast, and usually takes around 30 minutes.

We also have a tomosynthesis mammogram machine which is a form of 3D mammography with the capability of picking up smaller breast cancers. This is particularly useful for women with dense breasts.

Breast MRI Scan

An MRI scan, magnetic resonance imaging, produces 2D and 3D images of the inside of the body. A Breast MRI Scan will identify any abnormalities or lumps that cannot be seen or felt from the outside.

This particular scan may be recommended to you, by your surgeon, if you have breast implants or dense breast tissue.

Breast ultrasound

An ultrasound uses high frequency waves to picture the inside of the body. A breast ultrasound tends to be used for any patient, male or female, to identify any changes in the breast tissue. Most biopsies are performed under ultrasound control.

Drainage of breast cysts

A breast cyst presents as a small lump filled with fluid; it is usually harmless and is common in patients around the age of the menopause.

If you are concerned about a particular cyst, if it is large or causing you discomfort, a specialist can drain the cyst using a fine needle or syringe.

Breast biopsy

A breast biopsy is used to investigate abnormalities on the skin and in the breast tissue. A specialist will take a small tissue sample from the breast and send it to the laboratory for further tests.

A biopsy can determine the cause of a growth or sore and is used to diagnose cancer. The results of the biopsy can take 2-4 working days. We will discuss the examination with you and whether there is anything for concern.

Should you need to have further treatment or surgery, The Alexandra Hospital has a respected, private Oncology Centre who will provide you with a personalised treatment plan.

How can I make an appointment?

For further information on the Breast Clinics at BMI The Alexandra Hospital please contact Donn Naidoo or Janet Walters, Breast Care Nurses on 0161 495 7077 or make an enquiry here

Alternatively, you can be referred via your GP and we will follow up your GP referral for you if necessary

Breast Cancer Support Group

The Alexandra Hospital is proud to host a Breast Cancer Support Group open to all patients irrespective of where they were treated, or where they are in the treatment pathway.

The Support Group takes place on the second Thursday of every month, from 6pm-8pm, at the hospital. There is no need to book your place in advance; you are welcome to turn up on the evening.