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Gynaecologists Newcastle

Brightwell Health have some of the top gynaecologists in our country, who are here to listen, support and advocate for you in your health journey. We see people of all ages, in various stages of their health journey. Wherever you’re at, our Newcastle Gynaecologists are here to help.  

Our Gynaecologists

Dr Ashmita Desai, gynaecologist Newcastle

Dr Ashmita Desai

Obstetrician, Gynaecologist & Advanced LapAroscopic Surgeon

Dr Ashmita Desai is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with a special interest in minimally invasive and pelvic floor surgery, including excision of endometriosis and other complex gynaecological procedures. 

She is a caring, soft-spoken, and empathetic specialist with over a decade of experience in all areas of obstetric and gynaecological practice. She is dedicated to providing patient-centric, evidence-based care and advocates for a comprehensive approach to women’s health. 

She completed her FRANZCOG Training Program at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle and the Hunter New England Health Network, Australia. She has done a year as the Gynaecological Oncology Fellow at Hunter Centre for Gynaecological Cancers at John Hunter Hospital and is continuing to further her skills in Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery through the Advanced Gynaecologic Endoscopic Surgical Fellowship in Newcastle. She has practised in several rural, regional, and tertiary hospitals across Australia. 

She completed her MBBS and specialist post-graduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, and St Martha’s Hospital in Bangalore, providing her with extensive experience in open and vaginal surgery. 

Dr Desai consults privately at Arogya For women@ Brightwell Health in Hunter Street and at Health HQ, Salamander Bay. She operates privately at Newcastle Private and Lingard Hospitals and publicly at Maitland Public Hospital. She is a staff specialist and the RANZCOG Training Supervisor at Maitland Hospital and a VMO at the John Hunter Hospital. 

Dr Frida Carswell, urogynaecologist Newcastle

Dr Frida Carswell

gYNAECOLOGIST, Urogynaecologist & Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeon

Dr. Frida Carswell is a leading Urogynaecologist specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the female urinary system and pelvic floor. She has expertise in all facets of gynaecological practice and surgery, including advanced and minimally invasive procedures, with special interest in management of pelvic organ prolapse, urinary and faecal incontinence, bladder disorders including pain and recurrent urinary tract infections, birth injuries, fistulas and complications from mesh procedures. 

Dr. Carswell is dedicated to improving the quality of life for women. She believes in holistic care, empowering women by involving them in their healthcare decisions, and prioritising their comfort and well-being. 

Originally from Sweden, Dr. Carswell studied medicine at the University of Newcastle in Australia. After graduating, she completed specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Sydney and Newcastle. 

Dr Carswell then pursued extensive sub-specialty training in Urogynaecology, becoming one of the select few Gynaecologists to undergo an additional four years of specialised training, completing a Fellowship in Urogynaecology at St. Thomas Hospital in London and three years at Monash and Mercy hospital in Melbourne.

Dedicated to advancing her field, and caring for women in the Hunter New England Area, Dr. Carswell holds a staff specialist position at John Hunter Hospital, actively engages in research, and serves as a conjoint lecturer at the University of Newcastle. She also contributes to shaping the future of Urogynaecology as a board member of the Urogynaecology Association of Australia. 

Dr Carswell has operating lists at several hospitals in the Newcastle area, including Lingard Private Hospital, Lake Macquarie Private Hospital, John Hunter Hospital, and Belmont Hospital. 

Gynaecological Services offered by Frida and Ashmita

To visit our Gynaecologists Dr Frida Carswell and Dr Ashmita Desai you will need a referral from your GP or from one of our Brightwell GPs. Both Frida and Ashmita look after women with gynaecological problems such as Abnormal Pap smears, Heavy menstrual bleeding, Post menopausal bleeding, Chronic Pelvic pain, Polycystic ovarian syndrome and ovarian cysts.

Dr Desai has a special interest in minimally invasive (key hole) surgery, endometriosis, and fibroids. She also offers risk reduction surgery for women at high risk of ovarian and uterine cancer.

Dr Carswell is a certified urogynecologist and offers surgical and medical treatments for women with birth injuries, prolapse and bladder problems such as incontinence, difficulty emptying the bladder and bladder pain. She also sees women with mesh complications and women with bladder and bowel fistulas.

Some of our gynaecology services: 

Complex Benign Gynaecological Surgery

Complex benign gynaecologic surgery is sometimes best performed by a specialist who has the advanced training to deal with the potentially difficult surgical situations often associated with previous surgery, obesity, and multiple comorbidities. Dr Frida Carwell and Dr Ashmita Desai have undergone additional training in minimally invasive surgery beyond the RANZCOG specialist training and are able to provide women with the best available surgical management options for complex benign gynaecological conditions.