Specialist General and Transplant Surgeon

About Dr Ruth

Dr Ruth Hardstaff is a General and Transplant Surgeon specialising in gastrointestinal surgical disorders, renal transplantation, vascular access, peritoneal dialysis, gallbladder disease, hernia surgery as well upper and lower GI endoscopy.

She treats both public and private patients in the Newcastle and Hunter region. She operates at John Hunter, Belmont, Newcastle Private, Lake Macquarie Private and Warners Bay Private Hospitals and consults in her rooms at Lake Macquarie Specialist Medical Centre, Suite 7, Level 2 6-8 Sydney Street, Gateshead NSW 2290.

There are no “out-of-pocket” fees payable for Dr Ruth’s services as she participates in the “NO GAP” private health fund scheme. Fees may be incurred however for service provided by:-
1. The Hospital
2. The Anesthetist
3. The Assistant
4. Post Operative Allied Health Services

Dr Ruth trained at Newcastle upon Tyne Medical School in the UK obtaining her Medical degree in 1994. She remained in the North East of England for her internship and basic surgical training apart from a year spent in Queensland working as a Registrar in Intensive Care, Urology and General Surgery. She undertook a two-year research fellowship with the Transplant Unit at the Freeman Road Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne for which she was awarded her MD by the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Dr Ruth’s higher surgical training was undertaken in the South East of Scotland where she was exposed to General, Colorectal, Upper GI, Vascular, Hepatobiliary and Transplant Surgery.

After obtaining her FRCS in General Surgery and Transplantation she undertook fellowships in Hepatobiliary Surgery and Liver Transplantation at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and Hepatobiliary Surgery and Multi-organ Transplantation at Freeman Road Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Dr Ruth moved to Darwin Australia in 2011 to take up a Consultant post in General Surgery during which she was exposed to all aspects of General Surgery. Whilst there she set up an organ retrieval service for transplantation. She was awarded her FRACS in 2014.

In October 2017 she took up a Renal Transplantation and General Surgery Staff Specialist position at John Hunter Hospital. She is also involved in the organ retrieval service for New South Wales.

Contact Or To Book An Appointment

Private Patients

To contact Dr Ruth please call her secretary on (02) 4947 5397 or email CampbellL1@ramsayhealth.com.au . Referrals can be faxed to (02) 4947 5235

 Please bring the following to your appointment:

– Doctors Referral

– List of Current Medications

– Any Previous X-Rays, Ultrasounds or other Radiology

– List of Other Specialists involved in your care in the last 5 years.

If the rooms cannot be contacted or for after hours, Dr. Ruth can be reached through Lake Macquarie Private Hospital on 02 4947 5100

In the event of an emergency, call an ambulance on 000.

Please do not leave a message on the answering machine for an urgent concern.

All correspondence should be posted to: 

Lake Macquarie Specialist Medical Centre
Suite 7, Level 2
6-8 Sydney St
Gateshead NSW 2290 
or fax (02) 4947 5235.

Business hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

In the event of a medical concern when the rooms cannot be contacted, or if after hours, Dr Ruth can be reached through Lake Macquarie Private Hospital on (02) 4947 5100.

Public Patients 

Please contact Dr Ruth’s secretary, Michelle Purser, via John Hunter Hospital switchboard (02) 4921 3000 for all inquiries.