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Table 3 Modifications to the Saliva Testing Programme

From: How do we engage people in testing for COVID-19? A rapid qualitative evaluation of a testing programme in schools, GP surgeries and a university

1. Resolved initial technical hurdles in the registration process and moved towards a more robust yet simple registration process in Phase II to reduce the barriers of registering;
2. Created clear and simple instructions, which were translated into seven languages, to reduce the number of inconclusive saliva test results;
3. Designed smaller labels to stick to the test pots to reduce the number of people placing them incorrectly and increasing the risk of receiving an inconclusive result;
4. Testing team communicated the test’s accuracy and the progress of the programme in a weekly newsletter to schools and through emails to university staff and students;
5. Educational engagement activities were offered to university students to increase their involvement in the programme;
6. Commitment has been made to reduce the amount of plastic and to recycle containers in the next phase of the programme;
7. Post-boxes rather than team members placed at sample drop-off points to reduce possibility of transmission;
8. Increased number of drop-off points in Southampton to reduce the travel time for participants submitting their tests;
9. ‘Toolkit’ created for programme implementers to support preparation and roll-out for the next phase of the programme.