How To: Send a Page (Lanpage)
I’m not going to sugar coat it: the paging system is old, really old. But like the Volvo 245L, it works, it’s reliable and you’ll be using it a lot. It’s also pretty easy to use, so let’s get started.
Firstly, you need to know who you want to page and what their pager number is. The best way to do this is to call the lovely people at switch. You can reach them by dialling the operator (sounds like something out of the Matrix) on 92.
Once you have the pager number, you’ll need to find yourself a computer. On every Monash Health computer there is a small desktop app called Lanpage 32. Find the desktop shortcut that looks like this:
Once you’ve opened Lanpage 32 it looks like this (without the pretty coloured rectangles):
Pretty modern, eh? I’ve added the stylish coloured boxes for labelling purposes. The red box is where you put the pager number. The green box is where you put your message. After you enter a pager number, the purple box will display a role associated with that pager number. In the picture above, pager 780 is the medical back cover.
You get cookies if your message is ISBAR compliant! Make sure your message contains a return contact number, the patient’s identifiers and their location. Remember: recipients can ignore your message completely if you only provide a contact number.
Once you are ready to send your message, click the button that says “Send Message”. Congratulations, your intended victim will soon be annoyed by a high pitch, electronic buzzing noise alerting them of your message!
A couple of pro tips:
- Please don’t send social messages over the paging system (e.g. Free pizza in Lecture Theatre 1). Remember how I said it was old? It gets congested pretty easily which can result in critical messages being delayed.
- For reasons known only to hobbits, there is a restrictive limit to the number of characters that can be included in a message. But, there is a loophole. If you type your message before you enter the recipient’s pager number, you can send a much longer message.