Prof Alan Cameron set out the UK National Screening Committee’s (NSC) current policy position on antenatal screening for GBS carriage (2012):
- Routine screening for GBS carriage in late pregnancy for all pregnant women is currently not recommended in the UK.
- There was insufficient evidence that benefits gained from screening all women in late pregnancy and treating those women with confirmed GBS carriage by intravenous antibiotics during labour outweigh harm.
- The next review by the National Screening Committee is due in 2015/16.
“We certainly feel that more evidence is needed about the care received by women to refine national policy in the prevention of early-onset GBS infection, to standardise local guidelines and to ultimately reduce the incidence of this disease, which is why we’re all here today.”