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The following information is provided by Discovery:

According to CEO of Discovery Health, Dr Ryan Noach, “To get access to testing you must meet certain clinical criteria. These criteria are based on the clear testing guidelines set out by the World Health Organization and the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD – which falls under the National Department of Health). There is also a specific process you have to follow to undergo the testing.”

Who will be referred for a COVID-19 test?

Remember that at this stage testing is only available to patients who have been assessed by their doctor or healthcare provider and determined to require a COVID-19 test. These patients must meet the COVID-19 case criteria which indicate that they:

  • Have a severe acute respiratory illness, with fever or history of fever and cough with pneumonia, or
  • Have acute respiratory distress syndrome (based on the clinical signs or X-ray findings) that requires you to be admitted to hospital
    • Have a documented travel history to any country where COVID-19 has occurred within 14 days before symptoms start
    • Have had close physical contact with a person with COVID-19 while they had symptoms
    • Have had close contact with patients with severe acute respiratory infections
      • Specifically if you are a healthcare professional dealing with patients who have severe acute respiratory infections and where the cause of the patients’ symptoms hasn’t been confirmed.

Lancet Laboratories:

According to Lancet Laboratories, doctors and patients are urged to contact the NICD directly on their hotline if they want testing to be done: 082 883 9920…

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“We request you to: Adhere strictly to the NICD guidelines on making test requests – testing asymptomatic people is wasting scarce resources – // . Bear with us if we fail to meet published test result turnaround time targets.

“We are prioritising testing for in-hospital patients, high risk groups, index cases in community centres e.g. schools and old-age homes”.

According to the lab, if doctors want their patients to be tested at Lancet Laboratories, and there is any uncertainty that the patient meets clinical and epidemiological criteria, the Lancet virologist on call can be contacted on 0113580800.

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Below is a list of testing sites in the country:


Coronavirus / Covid-19  testing centres in Gauteng


Alberton Alberton IPS, 68 Voortrekker, Rd, New Redruth, Alberton, 1449
Mulbarton Netcare, Room 206 Mulbarton Medical Centre, 27 True N Rd, (Hospital), JHB, 2190
Vereeniging 46 Rhodes Ave, Vereeniging, 1939
Lenasia Lenmed in hospital, Lenesia South
Daxina Daxina Medical Centre
Krugersdorp Krugersdorp Lab, Outpatient Depot, 1 Boshoff Street, Krugersdorp, 1739
Soweto Soweto Healthcare Hub
Birchleigh Birchleigh depot, 7 Leo Street
Kempton Park Kempton square shopping centre, shop 61
Bedforview Leicester depot, suite no 8 Leicester Medical Mews, 7 Leicester Road, Bedfordview Germiston
Houghton Houghton Hotel Depot, 53 2nd Ave, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg, 2198, South Africa
Cheltondale 62 Orchard Rd, Cheltondale, Johannesburg, 2192, South Africa
Richmond (Auckland Park) Lancet Corner, Corner Stanley and Menton Rd, Richmond Auckland Park
Rosebank Rosebank Lab, 3rd Floor, 8 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank
Morningside 173 Rivonia Road, Morningside, Sandton, South Africa Rochester Place Office Block A
Germiston 8 Parks Street, Bedfordview, Germiston

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Coronavirus / Covid-19  testing centres in Free State and Northern Cape


Mediclinic Bloemfontein Room G07, Mediclinic Bloemfontein, Kellner St, Westdene, Bloemfontein, 9301
Kimberley 112 Mac Dougall St, El Toro Park, Kimberley, 8301
Welkom RH Matjhabeng, Power Road, Reitzpark, Welkom


Coronavirus / Covid-19  testing centres in Limpopo

Polokwane 44A Grobler street, Polokwane Central
Tzaneen 71 Wolksberg Road, Ivory Tusk Lodge
Thouyandou Corner Mpehephu & Mvusuludzo near Cash build
Phalaborwa Clinix Private Hospital, No 86 Grosvenor Street


Coronavirus / Covid-19  testing centres in Western Cape

Bellville 2 Heide Street, Bloemhof, Cape Town, South Africa
Brackenfell Brackenfell Medical Centre, Cnr Brackenfell & Old Paarl Road , Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town CBD Cnr Longmarket & Parliament Street, Cape Town, South Africa
Century City Smartsurv House, Century City, Cape Town, 7441
Durbanville 15 Paul Kruger Street, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa
Kuils River Shop 9 De Kuilen Shopping Centre Carinus Street)
Bellville West 7c Solway Street, Bellville West A, Cape Town, South Africa
Pinelands 91 Jan Smuts Dr, Pinelands, Cape Town, 7405, South Africa
Rondebosch Rondebosch Medical Center, 95 Klipfontein Rd, Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa
Simonstown 1st Floor, Room 4 Harbour Bay Medical Centre
Stellenbosch Trumali House, Trumali Street, Harringtons Place, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Somerset West Arun Place Block 6 Unit F, Cherrywood Gardens, Sir Lowry’s Pass, South Africa
Stellenbosch Oewerpark Stellenbosch Oewerpark Suite 12A Rokewood Road, Die Boord, Stellenbosch, South Africa


Coronavirus / Covid-19  testing centres in Kwa-Zulu Natal

Lenmed La Verna Private Hospital 1 Convent Rd, Ladysmith, 3370
Mediclinic Newcastle Private Hospital 78 Bird St, Newcastle Central, Newcastle, 2940
Life Empangeni Garden


50 Biyela St, Empangeni Central, Empangeni, 3880
Busamed Gateway private Hospital Busamed Gateway private Hospital, 36-38 Aurora Dr, Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga, 4319
Berea 1st Floor, Mayet Medical Centre, 482 Randles Rd, Sydenham, Berea, 4091
Ahmed Al-Khadi private Hospital 490 Jan Smuts Hwy, Mayville, Durban, 4058
Life Chatsmed Private Hospital Suite 121- 201 West Wing Chatsmed Garden Hospital, 80 Woodhurst Dr, Chatsworth, 4092
JMH Isipingo private Hospital Suite 2 Grnd flr Medical Towers Isipingo Hospital, 162 Phila Ndwandwe Rd, Isipingo Rail, Isipingo, 4133
Port Shepstone 28 Bazley St, Port Shepstone, 4240
Pietermaritzburg Suite 205 Midlands Medical Centre, 162-166 Masukwana St, Pietermaritzburg, 3201
Hilton Hilton Gardens, Hilton, 3245
Life Mt Edgecombe Private Hospita Ste 1 Phoenix Medical Ctr, Redberry Rd, Rockford, Phoenix, 4068
Life Entabeni Private Hospital Suite 8 Level 3 West Wing Entabeni Hospital, 148 Mazisi Kunene Rd, Berea, 4001


Coronavirus / Covid-19  testing centres in Rustenburg

Rustenburg 1 Kok Street


Coronavirus / Covid-19  testing centres in North West

Potchefstroom Cachet Park Depot, Shop 24 Cnr Steve Biko & Meyer Street, Potchefstroom, 2531



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