6.3  Ordering and controlling supplies

This section applies particularly to consumable items, which are frequently used in your healthcare work and therefore need to be restocked regularly (Figure 6.4). Ordering supplies for the Health Post must be done efficiently to ensure that you do not run out of essential items and to avoid wastage due to ordering too much. This is particularly important in relation to items that have a limited lifespan and must be used before a certain date (a subject we return to later).

Figure 6.4  Knowing what supplies of consumable items and long-lasting equipment are needed in your Health Post is an essential aspect of stock control. (Photo: Lesley-Anne Long)

6.2.2  Using an inspection checklist and inspection schedule

6.3.1  Ordering, recording and controlling supplies