In Jan 1959, the hospital remained in a highly fluid state due to the activities of the Royal Engineers who were modernizing and redecorating the wards. Such was the number of workers assembled by the local contractors that redecoration of private houses in nearby Rabat nearly came to a stand still. The interior was decorated in a new colour, Maltese Yellow.
In 1959, the 1000th baby made her appearance a month earlier than her 1958 counterpart. The total live births reached 1,233. A short lull in Dec 1959, enabled Maj Fougere QARANC to reoccupy the refurbished wing of the hospital which had been in the contractors' hands for 15 months.
In 1959, Malta Command was taken back under the wing of General HQ MELF.
Lt Col P E Wilkins QARANC, Matron of the David Bruce Military Hospital moved to the Royal Herbert Hospital. She was succeeded by Col M B Kneebone QARANC.
- The Army List March 1959, London HM Stationery Office 1959.
- The Army List September 1959, London HM Stationery Office 1959.