In 1823, 258 invalids arrived at the Convalescent Depôt from the Ionian Islands. Of these, two returned to their Corps, 163 were sent to England for discharge, and 90 remained in the depôt at Malta pending availability of transport to return them to England.
Five worn-out men died in the depôt, but 38 rejoined their regiments in the course of the Spring.
Staff Medical Officers who were away from Malta were not replaced, increasing the work load on the remaining officers. Inspector of Hospitals John Hennen complained that:
from the diminished state of the medical staff, the labour during the summer months have been felt in a very sensible degree by those who were present and fit for duty, not so much from any serious or unusual increase of sickness in the hospitals, as from the frequent calls to duties of the barracks, and examination and attendance on officers, women, and children in the hottest months of the year.
Charlotte Harding Walker, wife of Surgeon Walker 32nd Foot, died on 7 May 1823, aged 23 years. (Quarantine Bastion Cemetery Floriana).
Frances Henrietta Richardson, born on 25 January 1823, daughter of Benjamin Richardson, Clerk to the Inspector of Hospitals and Sarah was privately baptised on 12 February 1823 by the Rev John Thomas Howe Le Mesurier, Chaplain to the Forces.