May 17, 2022 8:11 am

The UCLM offers a free service for the detection of Covid by PCR in saliva on its campuses




Students and teaching and research staff and administration and services of the
Castilla-La Mancha university
(UCLM) will be able to request from this Monday to carry out a PCR test to detect coronavirus in saliva making an application. The initiative constitutes a new action in the strategy developed by the academic institution to contain the spread of the pandemic and guarantee the maximum presence possible in its academic and research activity.

Coordinated by the vice-rectorates for Scientific Policy and Health Sciences and articulated by the Biomedical Instrumentation Service (SIB), the procedure is very simple. First of all, you have to fill out a simple form that includes an informed consent and that it is not necessary to print.

Once the request is sent, the person will be assigned a day and time to leave their sample, considering that half an hour before doing the test they should avoid drinking, eating, smoking or chewing gum.

The user will also choose the collection point that best suits them from among those that will be installed in Albacete, Ciudad Real, Cuenca, Toledo, Talavera de la Reina and Almadén. Once there, the saliva collection procedure is simple and self-managed, although you can previously watch a video tutorial made expressly to explain it.

At the sample delivery point, you will find a table with kits that include the necessary elements to obtain and store the fluid: a plastic envelope with a tube, a straw and a label. The person will sanitize their hands with the product (hydroalcoholic gel or similar) that they will also locate on the same table and will proceed to deposit their saliva in the tube using the straw. Next, they will close the tube, disinfect it, and write their individual identification code on the label, which corresponds to the last four digits of the DNI plus the letter. The person will insert the tube into the same zip bag from which it was removed and deposit it in the sample collection bucket. The organization recommends that each applicant bring their own pen in order to minimize the risk of contamination.

The established hours for collecting samples are from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Mondays, and from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, at the following points:

campus of Albacete: School of Medicine. C/ Almansa 14, main entrance to the center.

Faculty of Nursing. Benjamin Palencia Building.

Almaden: Mining and Industrial Engineering School of Almadén, Plaza Manuel Meca s/n.

campus of Real city: Jose Castillejo Building-Student House. Avenida Camilo Jose Cela s/n.

campus of Cuenca: Faculty of Nursing and Social Work. Melchor Cano Building.

Talavera of the Queen: Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Health Sciences.

campus of Toledo: Weapons Factory Campus, Technological Campus. Building 6.

The University of Castilla-La Mancha has been able to implement this free service thanks to the human resources of the COVID health team and the material resources financed from the patronage program that has made it possible to acquire the expensive robots used to automate the technique.

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