How to provide an asymptomatic sample




Step 1:

Make sure you haven’t eaten or brushed your teeth before providing your saliva sample – ideally first thing in the morning. A drink of water is fine. (You can still provide a sample if you feel unwell or have drunk alcohol the night before.)

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Wash your hands thoroughly using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.


Scan and log

Step 3:

Using a phone, tablTestSteps-04et or laptop with a camera – visit here and follow the link to ‘log a sample’. If you are using an iPhone, before you scan the barcode on the tube, you must disable ‘Cross Site Tracking’ – by going to settings > Safari > (Privacy and Security) Prevent Cross Site Tracking – (turn to off). 

How do I allow apps to access my Camera? Change permissions based on their type

  1. On your phone, open the Settings app.
  2. Tap Privacy. Permission manager.
  3. Tap a permission type. If you allowed or denied permission to any apps, you'll find them here.
  4. To change an app's permission, tap the app, then choose your permission settings.

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Open your sample kit bag and, when prompted by the sample submission form, use your device to scan the barcode on the sample tube provided. If this doesn’t work, or you don’t have access to a phone, tablet or computer with a camera, or if you need any other assistance please contact a member of the collection team at a collection point or email

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You will need to fill in a sample submission form carefully and accurately, providing contact information as well as details about when and where you are submitting the sample.




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Open the collection tube, keeping the lid and inside the tube clean.       


Step 7:

Place one end of the paper straw inside the tube, going just below the edge and using your index and thumb fingers to hold the straw in place.


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Please spit or dribble into the straw – the tube needs to be at least half-full, so don’t be shy. Please avoid including phlegm in your sample as this may make it difficult to test.

Please ensure the tube is at least half full so our team can better analyse your spit sample

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Wait for the saliva to deposit into the collection tube.



Step 10:

Remove and discard the paper straw into waste bin.



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Screw the collection tube lid on the collection tube so it is tight and secure.



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Use the tissue provided to wipe any excess fluid off the outside of the collection tube, and dispose of the used tissue into the waste bin


Step 13:

Only place the sealed collection tube back into the ziplock bag provided, ensuring the collection tube is visible through the sample kit bag. Samples will be rejected if not sealed and have leaked.


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Wash your hands again and make sure the outside of the sample kit bag is clean.


Scan and drop

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Take to your nearest testing service sample collection point, following any email or verbal instructions about drop-off times and locations.


Step 16:

At the sample collection point, make sure the barcode on the tube is positioned so it is visible through the transparent kit bag and then simply use the laser scanners mounted at the sample collection point to scan the barcode on the tube – you should hear a beep.

If using a unstaffed collection point simply drop your sample into the clear collection box provided.


Step 17:

Drop your sample into the collection box. Your sample is now successfully checked in and will be shortly be on its way to the University of Nottingham’s Biodiscovery Institute where the testing will be taking place.


Results and action

Once we receive your sample, we aim to test it and provide a result by 8pm the following working day.

Here’s what will happen next:

  • If your sample tests positive, you will be contacted, by phone and email, by a member of the testing service who will tell you what to do.  As all positive test results are now fed directly into Public Health England (UK Health Security Agency), there is no need to seek a confirmatory test. You must isolate immediately as required under government guidance
  • If your sample tests negative, you will receive an email confirming the results, providing advice and details of any upcoming repeat testing
  • Support, advice and links to University and government guidance will be provided by the testing service team in all results communications

If you need assistance please contact a member of the collection team at a collection point or email

University of Nottingham

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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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