RAKE Study

Free COVID-19 Antigen & PCR Tests

This Study Is Temporarily Paused

Only over 18yrs Old & Required to be experiencing COVID-19 Like Symptoms, OR COVID-19 Exposure

Only At Hillcrest (KZN) Drive-Through Testing Centre

Antigen Results in 10 mins & PCR Results in 24-48hrs

Testing Completely Free & Includes Medical Results Certificate With Each Test

This study is proudly partnered with CAPRISA

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

The service I’ve experienced was extremely consistent, kind and very well organized. I was approached with a smile as usual at Epicenter whilst the information conveyed was concise and I’m certain to let people know that Epicenter is the Best place to go to should you be wondering. I certainly hope the service level will always be kept of high quality as I’ve experienced. Thank you Epicenter Team. From dealing with you before up until now, your team has become greater via whatsapp and whilst professionally physically engaging at your Test center. Thank you!

Alain, Rondebosch Client
Friendly service, quick and easy. Was in and out in a heartbeat and taking of blood was pain free.
Nayan, Rondebosch Client
Testing was quick and efficient and very professional. I highly recommend this place for any health tests needed.
Joshua, 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

They are simply the best! Good customer service, cognisant of the need for sensitivity and confidentiality and very friendly. I used to do my tests with another facility but now I’m a repeat client at Epicentre and the best part is that they take walk-ins. I needed to do a lot of tests and screenings two weeks ago, the results were delivered earlier than promised and yesterday, I went back for other tests. Please check them out, you won’t regret it! They are currently doing a Cough Check tor free, I already did mine.

Yolanda, Johannesburg Branch

This is a really great place to get any kind of pathology work done. The staff are very kind and efficient and the discounted prices of the tests are an added bonus. I would highly recommend this centre.

Thule, Johannesburg Branch

My experience getting blood tests at the Epicentre has been excellent as the staff are all very friendly and professionally. The staff are well trained at taking blood painlessly and if they feel they can’t find the vain they will find a more senior staff member to do it. As someone with difficult collapsed veins i never worry about becoming a pin cushion at Epicentre.

Kylie, Johannesburg Branch

The people here are so friendly and helpful. My blood was taken quickly efficiently and painlessly and my results were recieved a day later via email. I give them a five star rating.

Stella, Johannesburg Branch

RAKE Study Explained

What Is The RAKE Study?

The RAKE Study has returned to our Hillcrest testing centre to provide free Rapid Antigen and PCR tests. Epicentre is conducting this study in partnership with the highly respected AIDS research centre, CAPRISA. The RAKE study, was launched to test a new COVID-19 antigen cassette.

What Is The RAKE Test Procedure?

Just come through to our Hillcrest testing branch or book a RAKE test with Epicentre, online or message our WhatsApp number at: 072 843 7564

Completing a brief questionnaire

✔ A nasal and 2 nasopharyngeal swabs to conduct PCR, and 2 Antigen tests.

✔ COVID-19 positive patients will be invited to participate in a follow-up study.

What Are We Hoping To Achieve?

COVID-19 is a new disease that has affected the lives of all South Africans. There is still a lot to learn about COVID-19 and how it has affected communities. Our primary aim is to:

1. To assess the COVID -19 Rapid Antigen diagnostic tests in the South African setting

2. This study will evaluate a SAPHRA approved antigen rapid COVID-19 test and a new unregistered but very promising second antigen rapid COVID-19 test

3. To improve the detection of these viruses to establish how COVID-19 is spreading in urban and rural KwaZulu-Natal

4. In order to guide locally appropriate prevention and clinical care.

Who Should Sign Up For RAKE?

You can join the RAKE Study if:

✔ You can visit our Hillcrest Drive-Through Testing Centre

✔ You have been exposed to COVID-19 OR You are experiencing any of these symptoms:

shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, loss of taste or small, fatigue, myalgia or chest pain

Want to get tested for free but don’t want to be part of a study?

❌ Unfortunately, it is a requirement of our free testing that you take part in our study

✔ You are welcome to make use of our Walk-in lab.

Will I find out my results of my test?

✔ Yes, we will send you your results

How is RAKE Study anonymous?

✔ All participants’ details are kept private so that participants cannot be identified.

✔ To do this, we link participants to a barcode, not their name.

✔ The RAKE Study has gone through a very strict ‘ethical review’ with several independent ethical comities for every part of the study. We have to protect every participant and follow a very strict plan about what happens to each person’s information (in terms of where it goes & who sees it). Which are explained in detail to every person who participates.

✔ & each team member, in the RAKE study team, is required to sign a confidentiality agreement when they begin working on the project.

So they may not discuss this information or disclose it to any outside parties.

Why is it important for people to participate?

✔ You will help scientists know if these new antigen tests are effective at testing people for COVID-19 in South Africa

✔ You help South Africa make testing easier and safer

When Should You Get A RAKE PCR Test?

The Rake Study uses both an Antigen and a COVID-19 PCR test or a polymerase chain reaction test. The PCR test is a COVID test that is done to find genetic material from the COVD-19 virus. This kind of molecular tests detects the RNA of the coronavirus 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 COVID-19 cases.

How Can A RAKE Test Help You?

✔ Free Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test (SAPHRA approved)

✔ Free confirmatory PRC test available within 36-48 hours.

What Laboratory Does RAKE Use?

Our RAKE study uses the CAPRISA Lab in Durban

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?

10% Off All Walk-In Lab Tests

Only for pensioners at all branches.

Free Blood Pressure Tests

With all Walk-In Lab tests

Rapid COVID-19 Antigen/infection testing

R50 pensioners discount!

Epicentre offers

Walk-In Lab

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

Kidney 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

Laboratory Typhoid Test

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Measles Test Package

Drive Through

Drive-Thru COVID Tests

Rapid COVID-19 Antigen/infection testing

(R250 with a R50 pensioners discount!)

Drive-Thru COVID-19 PCR Testing

(R500)

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)

(R850)

Cape Town Only

Extra Express International Flight Testing

(PCR Flight certificate in 4-5hrs)

(R2000)

Cape Town Only

International Flight Testing Package

(PCR + Antiviral Mask)

(R1000)

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