TestEd Covid

How to give a sample

Instructions for providing a saliva sample to the TestEd project.

Thank you for agreeing to provide a saliva sample. Initially, there will be a trained member of University staff available to answer any questions you may have. Please do not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum for 30 minutes before giving your saliva (spit) sample.

  1. Make sure that you have available the barcode that is your personal ID barcode for the TestEd project. You will have been sent this by email on registration. Take this with you to one of the University sample collection sites either on your phone or as a printout.

  2. Wash and / or sanitise your hands.

  3. Take specimen cup, screw-cap tube, and a sample barcode label from collection point.

  4. Remove backing from label and attach to tube vertically (long-ways) as shown at the bottom of this page.

  5. Collect saliva in specimen cup to just over the bottom (1ml).

  6. Uncap tube and decant saliva into tube from specimen cup.

  7. Recap tube and wipe outside with alcohol(cleaning) wipe. Dispose of specimen cup and alcohol (cleaning) wipe in clinical waste bin, and wipe down the table with a fresh alcohol(cleaning) wipe.

  8. At the collection computer, scan your personal participant ID barcode (you can get this from your email).

  9. Scan your sample's barcode on tube, and then rescan to confirm submission.

  10. Place tube in collection rack.

  11. Rewash/sanitise your hands.

  12. You have now provided your sample and will be notified of the result.

How to place your barcode correctly

Please see the image below illustrating how to correctly apply the label to your specimen cup.

Image showing two sample collection tubes, one with the correct barcode placement, and one with an incorrect placement.
Image showing two specimen cups, one with the correct barcode placement, and one with an incorrect placement.