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The North West Lung Centre at MFT is an internationally renowned specialist centre for the treatment of respiratory conditions and allergies, the largest in the UK and probably in Europe.

We have over 40 clinical consultants including 10 Clinical Academic Professors at the University of Manchester. This is a partnership between the University of Manchester and MFT NHS Trust. We undertake pioneering clinical research into respiratory diseases and allergies, as well as aiming to provide the highest quality care for our patients. The Department of Respiratory Medicine is led by Dr Richard Barraclough.

The respiratory system is the set of organs that makes it possible for us to breathe and exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide throughout the body. This consists of the nose, nasal passages, lungs, pharynx, larynx, trachea, and bronchi. Respiratory medicine deals with a vast range of diseases and conditions affecting these parts of the body.

In some cases, patients who are referred to us have already been diagnosed with a respiratory condition or allergy. Alternatively, your GP might refer you to our services because you have unexplained chest pain, cough, breathlessness, or other symptoms.

North West Lung Centre

The North West Lung Centre (NWLC), based at MFT, is one of the world’s leading lung treatment and research centres and provides a full range of specialist respiratory services. The centre serves around 5.4 million people across Manchester and North West England, and beyond. As well as looking after local patients in our clinics and six respiratory wards, we also offer a complete range of specialist and tertiary outpatient clinics.

We are home to the North West Lung Research Centre – a pioneering centre for treatment and research. We also house the NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility.

If you need lung surgery or lung transplant, this will be carried out by the North West Centre for Lung Surgery within the North West Heart Centre building and transplant unit.

Our Services

Our treatment and clinical research covers the following conditions:

  • Allergy
  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Chronic Cough
  • COPD
Cystic Fibrosis
  • Fungal Disease/Aspergillosis
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Fibrosis
Lung Function/Oxygen Service
Lung Surgery
Lung Transplantation
  • Respiratory Failure/Long-term Ventilation
Sleep Service

Our team of Specialist Respiratory Nurses deliver specialist respiratory care within MFT departments as well as care in the community. They are responsible for teaching and training people to manage respiratory disease and giving advice to other health care professionals in managing respiratory patients in the community including providing support with oxygen therapy. Our Allied Health Professionals including physiotherapists, occupational therapists and dieticians, also play a vital role in patient care.

We work closely with colleagues in other departments at MFT to diagnose and treat respiratory conditions. For example, patients often need X-rays and CT scans in the radiology department to investigate their conditions. We also work with specialists in Infectious Diseases to treat conditions affecting the lungs, such as tuberculosis.

Our Regional Services

The North West Lung Centre houses a number of regional and supra-regional specialist services including the National Aspergillosis Centre, Manchester Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre, and The Lucis Diagnostic Centre.


The North West Lung Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital is located off Southmoor Road through Entrance 4 in the Yellow Zone, close to the main Visitors’ Car Park.

The North West Lung Centre Outpatient clinic is located on the ground floor of the Centre, off the main corridor near Entrance 1. On arrival at the clinic, you will need to check in at the reception desk. (Some clinics are held at other sites within the Trust, so check carefully).


North West Lung Centre, University Hospital South Manchester, Southmoor Road, Manchester, M23 9LT

Appointments: 0161 291 5120

Chronic Cough service: 0161 291 5879

ILD service: 0161 291 5054



  • Dr Caroline Baxter - Consultant Respiratory Medicine, Clinical Director of the National Aspergillosis Centre