The main responsibility responsibility responsibility responsibility of the store function is to provide stores service most economically. To discharge the responsibilities effectively the following functions will are performed
- Identification is the process of codifying and describing all items required to be stocked.
- Receipt is the process of accepting after inspection all materials required for use in the organization.
- Inspection is checking of all incoming materials for quality.
- Storage is the process of storing the materials in warehouse, stockyards, etc…
- Stock control is the process of provisioning which means continuously arranging recoupment, receipts and issues of stocks so as to ensure required service consistent with economy.
- Issues and dispatch is the process of receiving demand from consumers and issuing the demanded materials without loss of time.
- Stock records have to be maintained showing day to day position of receipt issues and stock balances.
- Stock taking is the process of verifying physically the quantities of materials and their condition in the stock at specified intervals to see if they agree with quantities shown in stock records.
Our Hospital stores handles the following commodities amongst other things
- Medical and Drug Stores: These consist of emergency drugs, general drugs, special drugs, medical gases, chemicals and so on.
- Surgical Stores: These store bandages, gauzes, sutures, instruments, equipment, rubber goods, glass items, cotton and general surgical items.
- General Stores: The items of general stores are cleansing materials like soaps and detergents, enamel wares, ward/general furniture, small electric items and so on.
- Linen Stores: Linen stores include textiles, synthetic fabric, woolen articles and furnishings.
- Stationery Stores: All the stationery items including medical forms and papers for medical documentation etc.
- Dietary Stores: Raw materials like vegetables, fruits, tinned item, dry rations are dietary stores items.
- Engineering and Maintenance: It consists of spare parts of civil, electrical, mechanical and electronic items of the hospital.