3 in 1 PCR Combo: Flu, RSV & COVID-19

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RSV, COVID & Influenza (Flu) Test

Results in 24-36hrs & Just, R1000 All Inclusive

Over 18? Get For Free With Cough Check

Free PCR Travel/Medical Results Certificate With Each Test

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What our EPIC clients have to say

Compliments to your staff and centre. I was so impressed by how the entire process was handled. So polite and comforting and professional.

Dee Munks, Durban Epic Testing Centre Client

Very impressed with your service. Your Staff were professional and well mannered. Will definitely recommend you!

Cheryl Clegg, Cape Town Epic Testing Centre Client

Baie danke dat julle epicentre gekry het om my COVID-19 toets tuis to kom doen. Die hele proses was glad nie onaangenaam nie, Josh was baie vriendelike en die toets was vinnig en glad nie traumaties soos wat die staat en social media jou wil laat dink nie. Weereens dankie, ek sal jul op hoogte hou oor die resultaat proses.

Jaco, PI; Cape Town Epic Testing Centre Client
What a fast and friendly service!
Nadia, Maritime Solutions

My client would like to thank the entire Cape Town Epicentre team, for the excellent manner in which their employees have been made aware of their status.

Jan, Optimal Solve; Cape Town Epic Testing Centre Client

I am so grateful for all that Johann has done for us as a family and still doing. I am eternally grateful, and I stand in awe of his kindness. It brings tears to my eyes to think that someone can be so kind to total strangers. May the Lord bless you and keep you and take you from strength to strength. I took my uncle from a drug house about two months ago. He was slowly disappearing because of malnutrition. He doesn’t have any children or a wife. We all he has, and now you are willing to go the extra mile for him. My words are not enough to thank you. 🙏🏼 Bless you sir

Melton, Cape Town Epic Testing centre client

Our 3 In 1 PCR Combo Test Explained

What is a ‘3 in 1 PCR test’?

Our 3 in 1 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test, is a COVID, flu (influenza) & the common cold (RSV) test that is done to find genetic material from these viruses, and tell you which of the viruses you are positive for. This kind of molecular tests looks for the RNA of the coronavirus, RSV and the Flu and are sensitive enough to only need a very tiny amount of it in order to pick up an infection.

The benefit of this test is its ability to pick up very small amounts of viral RNA very early in an infection, so there is a low chance for false negatives, including among pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic cases.

What is the 3 in 1 PCR test procedure?

To do our 3 in 1 PCR test for COVID-19, flu & RSV with Epicentre, you will need to either book a test online or just pop in to our branches in WC, DUR, & JHB.

Our nurse will open a new PCR Test packet. Using a new nasal swab, they will collect a nasal cavity swab. This test only uses one swab to test for these 3 viruses.

You are welcome to ask for the test to be conducted in your mouth rather. But we do recommend the nose as it is more accurate.

Our nurses are very gentle and whilst the test will be over quickly we will do our best to make you feel calm and safe during the entire process.

This swab will then be secured in its plastic tube and bag, with your information. This clear plastic bag will then be placed in a refrigeration unit, until sample collection. It will then be transported to our laboratory for analysis.

Our laboratory will analyse the sample and provide results on your COVID-19 infection status within 24-36 hrs of your testing procedure with us.

If you want more information on how a COVID-19 PCR test is analysed at the lab take a look at this interesting break down.

If you want more information on your test results take a look at our article.

Who should get a 3 in1 PCR test?

Having a 3 in 1 PCR test is helpful if:

You are looking to get a test done for an official purpose

You are under 18

Your symptoms are worsening without a clear diagnosis

There has been outbreak of RSV at your school

Or needing to get on an international flight (Read here if you want more information on international travel regulations)

You are showing COVID-19 like symptoms without a known exposure

Get a COVID-19 PCR Drive-Through test if

You are looking to get a test done for an official purpose

Or needing to get on an international flight (Read here if you want more information on international travel regulations)

You have been exposed to COVID-19 at least 5 or more days ago

You have been exposed to COVID-19 and started symptoms

Get a Cough Check test if:

You are over 18, you are experiencing flu, RSV &/or COVID symptoms.

You do not need the test for international travel

You would like a free test

Get only an COVID-19 Antigen test if:

You have recently started symptoms of COVID-19 (1-3 days) and want a quick unofficial purpose infection check

Your doctor thinks you may have the novel coronavirus and have recently started (1-3 days) symptoms and recommends a quick unofficial purpose infection check

You have been in close contact with an individual suspected of or confirmed to have COVID-19 between 5-7 days ago, and you want to have a quick test done to check your status for unofficial purposes

You had symptoms of COVID-19 in the past but weren’t tested

Your doctor thinks you may have the novel coronavirus and started symptoms more than 3 days ago. But keep in mind, Rapid COVID Antibody tests are less sensitive to picking up current infections; Rapid COVID Antibody tests predominately cannot be used for official purposes

You have recovered from COVID-19 & want to check your immunity status

When should you get a 3 in 1 PCR test?

It is best to wait 5 days after exposure to test for COVID. But, we would recommend waiting until your symptoms start to use our 3 in 1 PCR combo test.

You can test for COVID-19 5 days after you have been exposed to the virus.

In South Africa having a COVID test result can be the difference between getting into hospital, so we all need to understand that to book a COVID test with Epicentre:

You DO NOT need to wait 7 days

You need to wait 5 days after you think you touched or breathed in the COVID virus

You DO NOT need a doctors referral

You Do NOT need to be showing symptoms

You just need to make an online booking or arrive at our testing branch (We are happy to accept walk-ins)

In the picture above you can see the process or stages of a COVID-19 infection

Day (-)5: patients exposure to COVID-19 happens.

It is only after this 5-day period that their infection will officially ‘begin’.

Day 0-2: 5 days after their initial exposure, their infection will ‘happen’ in these first 2 days

They will become contagious in those first 2-3 days, but will show no symptoms

You can test at this point because your infection has officially begun

Day 3: Their symptoms will appear

But for 80% of people, they will have no symptoms or a mild case of COVID-19

Day 5-7: This is a crucial period of days as it is at this point that many people go into hospital if they have a serious case of the virus. Some patients may have a “mild” case of the disease in the very beginning, but their symptoms may get worse over the course of the first week or more & then they may need hospitalization.

Those who need hospitalization normally reach this point of needing additional health support on day 5 to 7 after their symptoms start (Wang, et al.).

These patients should be on the lookout for any worsening ability to perform normal activities or tasks at home due to ‘shortness of breath’. These patients should immediately contact their doctor.

These patients need to take a copy of their positive COVID-19 results & get their symptoms checked at a healthcare facility.

For more information on the serious symptoms of COVID-19 to watch for, you can read our informative article.

Day 14: If you had a mild case and are symptom free, you can stop isolating.

After this point if you recovered and want to test for a COVID-19, you would need to use a Rapid COVID-19 Antibody test

For a more in depth look at the stages of a COVID-19 infection take a look at our helpful article on the day by day symptoms of a COVID-19 infection.

When should you get a 3 in 1 PCR test?

Here are some handy tips for timing your test just right:

At Epicentre, we have 2 collection times on Monday to Friday. Our first collection is at 11am and our second collection time is at 4pm.

During the weekend it is dependent on our testing sites opening times:

During the weekend, we are closed.

If you are looking to get your result within the 24hr window or less you should come before our 11am sample collection as it will be processed at the lab sooner.

This is recommended for those getting a test done for an official purpose such as travelling or medical appointments

If you are looking to avoid any waiting times, we recommend avoiding peak times such as 8-9am or during our nurses’ lunch break from 11:45am to 12:30pm

A personal recommendation for those travelling is to come at 10am

How can a 3 in 1 PCR test help you?

A 3 in 1 PCR test can help you:

We provide free COVID-19 PCR certificates with every PCR test. You can use this certificate (if it is negative) for international travel or for entry into official locations such as nursing homes or hospitals. You can use this certificate (if it is positive) for entry into hospital for treatment.

A PCR test can also give you certainty on your status as it is the most accurate test on the market.

What Laboratory Does Epicentre Use?

At our KwaZulu-Natal branches we use Indalo Bio labs in Durban

At our JHB branches we use iMed Laboratories in JHB

& at our CT branches we use Indalo Bio labs in CPT.

Where can you get a Walk-In Lab test?

You can get a wide range of tests with our testing angels at one of our many branches!

Book with Epicentre

For 20 years Epicentre has been fighting South African’s infectious diseases, and now we’re taking on COVID-19! We are a company founded on a vision, ending disease in South Africa! So we believe in making an IMPACT.

We are an independent organization that is committed to creating a positive impact on health & wellness for all in South Africa.

We want to close the gap between unscreened, undiagnosed, and uncontrolled HIV & COVID-19 infections as well as other chronic diseases for all South Africans.

By booking your tests with Epicentre, you are supporting a real local company that has worked for 20 years in all 9 provinces, from Pollsmoor prison to Constantia; & you’re getting a gold standard service that experts trust!

Epicentre Special Deals

We offer free and heavily discounted tests as they are subsidized by research organizations that are looking to use this anonymous information to investigate various research questions, like can people test themselves for COVID?

Our Special Deals

10% Off All Walk-In Lab Tests

Only for pensioners at all branches.

Free Blood Pressure Tests

With all Walk-In Lab tests

Drive-Thru COVID-19 PCR test

All branches – FREE!

(Not for travel)

Cough Check 3 in 1 PCR: RSV, Flu & COVID


Rapid COVID-19 Antigen/infection testing

R50 pensioners discount!

Epicentre offers


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Please note that our packages are just a guide, you can pick any of these tests in these packages, add extra tests or take out any tests. Choose what suits your needs!

Women’s Wellness Package (Foundation)

Women’s Wellness Package (+40yrs)

Men’s Wellness Package (Foundation)

Men’s Wellness Package (+40yrs)

Arthritis Package


Athletes Total Wellness Package


Diabetes Monitoring Package


Diabetes Screening Package


Comprehensive Metabolic Panel Package


Comprehensive Weight Loss Package

Liver & Pancreas Package

Long COVID Package

HIV Monitoring Package

HIV Screening Package

Iron Deficiency & Anaemia Package

Menopause Package


Women’s Fertility Test Package

Men’s Fertility Test Package


STI Screening Package

Thyroid Screening Package

Rapid Typhoid Test

Drive Through

Laboratory Typhoid Test


Drive-Thru COVID Tests

Rapid COVID-19 Antigen/infection testing

(R250 with a R50 pensioners discount!)

Drive-Thru COVID-19 PCR Testing


Home based COVID-19 PCR Testing

(R1150 + travel over 50kms)

Rapid COVID-19 Antibody Tests

On Sale! (R150)

Express International Flight Testing

(PCR Flight certificate in 12hrs)


Cape Town Only

Extra Express International Flight Testing

(PCR Flight certificate in 4-5hrs)


Cape Town Only

International Flight Testing Package

(PCR + Antiviral Mask)


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