For more info:
011 697 2931
info@nextpath.co.za
(Monday to Friday 8am-4pm)
Emergency after-hours WhatsApp message service: +27 (0)66 445 6391

For more info: 011 697 2931
info@nextpath.co.za
(Monday to Friday 8am-5pm)
Emergency after-hours WhatsApp message service: +27 (0)66 445 6391

Next Pathology

Next Pathology is the Molecular Pathology Laboratory of Next Biosciences.

The division is headed up by Dr Christopher Maske, a Clinical Pathologist, as well as Dr Yvonne Holt (Chief Medical Officer of Next Biosciences).

General Covid Information

SYMPTOMS

Symptoms associated with SARS-Cov2 infection may be absent, mild or severe and include loss of taste and smell, fever, dry cough, headache, muscle and body aches, difficulty breathing and less commonly gastrointestinal symptoms.

The SARS-CoV2 virus is extremely contagious and is a notifiable disease.

The results from the tests are submitted to national authorities and national databases as per local regulation and to inform public health initiatives.

For further information, please contact:
National Institute of Communicable Disease COVID-19 Toll-free Help Line: 0800 029 999

Doctor Referral / Copy Doctor

Please note that if you would like to submit your invoice to medical aid then we require a doctors referral note so that we can include a referring doctor name and practice number on the invoice.

Should you require a doctor referral letter, we can assist you by referring you to a telemedicine service, ER Consulting at a cost of R150. The ER Consulting doctors will be copied into your test result and will call you should you test positive. If you test negative, you are welcome to call them for a tele-consult and any advice around your reason for testing.

Discovery Health Members

Next Pathology is a Discovery Health Network Provider, giving Discovery Health Members direct access to the following COVID-19 tests at all our facilities:

Each member of Discovery Health Medical Scheme have access to two COVID-19 PCR and two Rapid Antigen tests, per year, as long as a network provider is used. For more information visit: https://www.discovery.co.za/portal/corporate/covid-19-rapid-antigen-testing

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Screening and registration take place at the walk-in testing sites.
  • Discovery Health will only cover the Test Fee portion of the test.
  • Discovery Health will only fund tests for symptoms, exposure and pre-admissions and NOT for travel purposes.
  • A doctor’s referral note is not mandatory for Discovery Health Members.

Covid Testing

Next Pathology currently offers the following tests at all walk-in testing sites:

Click here to download a table comparing the various testing types.

COVID RT-PCR TEST

Results: 24 hours | R650 all-inclusive*

CONSIDERED THE GOLD STANDARD OF TESTING WITH HIGHEST ACCURACY. A lab based test that is recommended for travellers and patients requiring hospital admission. Test done with Nasal OR throat swab.
Please note, a nasal swab is mandatory for some airlines.
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PCR stands for polymerase chain reaction. It is the global standard diagnostic test for SARS-COV2 infection and directly tests for the presence of viral nucleic acid in the patient. If positive, it is indicative of an active infection with SARS-Cov2. Self-isolation is imperative and contact from health authorities can be expected to trace contacts and ensure limiting of transmission of the infection to others.
The sensitivity of the above test may be affected by the timing of sampling in the course of infection and by sampling technique. If negative, repeat testing may be required in the case of a positive contact or symptoms consistent with SARS-CoV2 infection.
Contact your health care provider for advice if required.

*All-inclusive = R435 Test Fee plus R130 Convenience Fee plus VAT

COVID ANTIGEN TEST

Results: 60min | R250 all-inclusive*

Rapid Point of care test. Recommended to identify if you are currently infected with SARS-COV2. Test done with Nasal swab.
If test is negative but you have symptoms, it is recommended that you have a confirmatory PCR test.

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Detection of antigens by Lateral Flow Assay (LFA)-based point of care tests (POCT) for rapid antigen detection are indicative of a current infection by SARS-COV2. Antigens produced are specific for the SARS-COV2 virus. A positive test means that the patient is infected with SARS-COV2. Confirmatory PCR testing is not necessary.

A negative test does not exclude infection with SARS-COV2. If symptoms are present or the patient has had a high-risk exposure and the antigen test is negative, a confirmatory PCR test is required.

*All-inclusive = R130 Test Fee plus R43 Convenience Fee plus VAT to this All-inclusive = R130 Test Fee plus R87 Convenience Fee plus VAT

COVID ANTIBODY TEST

Results: 60min | R200 all-inclusive*

Rapid Point of Care test. Recommended to identify if you have been infected with SARS-COV2 in the past and developed antibodies to fight infection. This test is not used to diagnose current infection. Test done with a drop of blood from a finger prick.

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Detection of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19) are indicative of previous or recent infection with the virus. A positive result for IgM or IgG, or both IgG and IgM, is consistent with previous or recent infection with SARS-CoV-2 virus. The presence of IgM antibodies alone or in combination with IgG may indicate more recent infection but IgM antibodies may persist beyond the initial phase of the antibody response. Antibody testing should not be used as a diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) infection.

If infection is suspected clinical consultation and PCR testing is advised. A negative antibody test does not exclude previous infection with SARS-CoV-2; antibody responses may be low and temporary particularly in asymptomatic infections.

Furthermore, the presence of antibodies (a positive antibody test) is not a guarantee against reinfection with the virus or severe disease in the case of reinfection and ongoing precautions must be taken to avoid exposure to infection as per national and international guidelines.

*All-inclusive = R130 Test Fee plus R43 Convenience Fee plus VAT

Next Pathology offers a premium service at all walk-in testing sites with the following included:

  • 24 hour turnaround time*
  • Travel certificates
  • Certificate of Recovery

*Please note that in some instances samples need to be re-run and if this is the case, then turnaround time could exceed 24-hrs.

Covid Testing Sites

CAPE TOWN

 

Location Type of testing facility Operating hours
Old Christiaan Barnard Hospital
111 Bree Street
Cape Town City Centre
Walk-ins
No booking required
Monday- Friday: 8am-4pm
Saturday-Sunday: 8am-1pm

PCR Test:
Results 24 hours

Antigen Test:
Results 1 hour

Swift PCR Test:
Results 4 – 6 hours

For more information contact: 011 697 2931

GAUTENG

Location Type of testing facility Operating hours
Next Biosciences
International Business Gateway
Cnr New Road and 6th Road
Midrand
Walk-ins
No booking required
Monday-Friday: 8am-4pm
Saturday-Sunday: Closed
Public Holidays: Closed

PCR Test:
Results 24 hours

Antigen Test:
Results 1 hour

Swift PCR Test:
Results 4 – 6 hours

For more information contact: 011 697 2931

CONCIERGE SERVICE

Covid Testing in the privacy and safety of your home, office or hotel.

Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town

Test Type Turnaround Price
PCR Test Results 24 hours R650
Swift PCR Test* Results 4 – 6 hours R950
Antigen Test Results 1 hour R250


* Swift PCR Test option only available in Cape Town and Johannesburg. 

Call-out Fee (within 30kms)                       R650 (limited to 10 people)
Off-Site Swabbing Fee per person           PCR R100 | Antigen R50

Bookings essential.
Please contact +27(0)11 697 2932

Covid Testing Sites

Please click on a testing site below to view details.

CAPE TOWN

Old Christiaan Barnard Hospital

111 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre

Type of testing facility
Walk-ins
No booking required

Operating hours
Monday- Friday: 8am-4pm
Saturday-Sunday: 8am-1pm

PCR Test:
Results 24 hours

Antigen Test:
Results 1 hour

Swift PCR Test:
Results 4 – 6 hours

For more information contact: 011 697 2931

GAUTENG

Next Biosciences

International Business Gateway, Cnr New Road and 6th Road, Midrand

Type of testing facility
Walk-ins
No booking required

Operating hours
Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm
Saturday-Sunday: Closed
Public Holidays: Closed

PCR Test:
Results 24 hours

Antigen Test:
Results 1 hour

Swift PCR Test:
Results 4 – 6 hours

For more information contact: 011 697 2931

CONCIERGE SERVICE

Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town

Covid Testing in the privacy and safety of your home, office or hotel.

PCR Test                 | Results 24 hours | R650
Swift PCR Test*  | Results 4 – 6 hours   | R950
Antigen Test        | Results 1 hour      | R250

* Swift PCR Test option only available in Cape Town and Johannesburg

Call-out Fee (within 30kms) R650 (limited to 10 people)
Off-Site Swabbing Fee per person PCR R100 | Antigen R50

Bookings essential.
Please contact +27(0)11 697 2932

PRIVATE TESTING

TRAVELLER TESTING

CORPORATE TESTING

MANAGING COVID-19

Please note that we are a laboratory providing testing, so whilst we can discuss the suitability of a test, we cannot advise which test you should take as we do not know your specific reasons for doing a Covid test and the requirements for your test result report. It is therefore imperative that you consult your doctor, school, workplace, travel agent, airline etc to confirm this. Consequently we can not be held liable for the choice of your test.

Please note that whilst we strive to achieve our turnaround times and give accurate results, Next Pathology will not be held liable, in any way, if your test could not be conducted, or if your test result was delayed, marginally positive or negative or was a false positive or negative.

Frequently Asked Questions

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