Joseph Beattie appointed Medical Superintendent

Newspaper Clipping 1882

With the end of the Smallpox epidemic the Coast buildings stood empty for a short time. 

As Sydney Hospital was at that time overcrowded, the Committee of that hospital applied to the Colonial Treasurer for permission to transfer some of its convalescent patients to the Coast Hospital on the understanding that Sydney Hospital met all expenses and provided a resident medical officer. Permission for this was granted also on the understanding that Sydney Hospital was to remove its patients within twenty-four hours if called upon to do so. 

During the next two years, there were periods of months when the Coast Hospital buildings were empty of patients. 

In August 1882 the A.S.N. Company’s S.S. Gunga arrived at Port Jackson with a case of smallpox on board. Notice was given to the Committee, which emptied and handed over the hospital for the quarantine of those on the ship.  At the close of 1882 the Government reappointed Dr. J. A. Beattie as Medical Superintendent in charge of the hospital, which had stood empty since the removal of the Gunga sick. It remained empty until March 1883, when the S.S. Menmuir arrived with several passengers suffering from smallpox who were quarantined at the hospital. 

Following this, the transfer of a few convalescents from Sydney Hospital was resumed. The Medical Superintendent appointed by the Government remained in charge, and all expenses were borne by the Government.