|Dr Chris Steele MBE, GBSS Patron
Dr Chris Steele MBE, GBSS Patron, says
"Life-threatening group B Strep infection in newborn babies can usually be prevented - get informed and protect your baby.
I’d like to see every pregnant woman in the UK offered a reliable test for GBS on the NHS – this is a routine part of antenatal care in many countries including Germany, France, Canada, Spain & the USA. Until then, raising awareness is the key to saving babies’ lives. I’d urge any pregnant woman to get informed about GBS, and get tested."
Dr Chris Steele, resident doctor on ITV’s This Morning, is GBSS's Patron. Known & trusted by millions, family GP Dr Steele is renowned for his practical and open approach to airing medical issues in the media.
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Call for routine strep B test after baby death. Dr. Chris Steele MBE, family GP and resident doctor on ITV's This Morning, known and trusted by millions for his practical and open approach to airing medical issues.
Group B Strep (GBS) is a bacteria commonly found inhabiting the human digestive system (and often the vagina of adult women). It is normally harmless, however, it can be passed to newborn babies around childbirth, and in babies which then develop GBS infection, it can be very serious.
Group B Strep infections in newborn babies are usually preventable - so many of these horrible infections could be prevented.
At GBSS, we want to see routine antenatal and intrapartum care whereby:
- Every pregnant woman in the UK given accurate information about group B Streptococcus
- Every pregnant woman in the UK offered the opportunity to be tested for group B Strep
- Women found to be carrying group B Strep, plus those with other risk factors that mean their babies are at raised risk of developing GBS infection, to be offered intravenous antibiotics in labour.
For information about the pros and cons of testing, read our updated 2013 report (click here).
For more information on GBS, visit our information pages (click here) and for our medical advisory panel's key recommendations for better prevention for GBS infection in newborn babies click here.
Group B Strep Support (GBSS) is a UK charity, founded in 1996. Our three main aims are to:
- Offer information and support to families affected by group B Streptococcus;
- Inform health professionals and individuals how most group B Strep infections in newborn babies can be prevented; and
- Generate continued support for research into preventing group B Strep infections in newborn babies.