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Happy birthday Eli!

Eleven years ago Eli was born with a group B Strep infection. He couldn't breathe, and had to be resuscitated. It was touch and go in the Intensive Care Unit for days. All this because I wasn't tested. From that incredible magical moment you were placed in my arms, I knew how special you were. Overcoming GBS, we are lucky to have you and call you a survivor! You have shown such determination and continued to fight. We couldn't be prouder, you are just amazing and perfect in every single way. Click here to share your story click here to go Back to the GBS Book of Experience

UK NSC recommendation on life-saving screening for newborn babies

On Wednesday 22nd March 2017, the UK National Screening Committee recommended that the Government should not introduce routine screening of pregnant women for group B Strep. We are hugely disappointed by this recommendation. Group B Streptococcus (GBS or Strep B) is the UK’s most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies – causing sepsis, meningitis and pneumonia. Group B Strep is carried by around 20-30% of the population and, on average, in the UK: 2 babies a day develop group B Strep infection 1 baby a week dies from group B Strep infection 1 baby a week survives with disability The UK National Screening Committee have published a one-page recommendation statement, an evidence review summary and their last external review. We [...]

By | 2017-03-28T16:41:35+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

Strep B Stomp

Strep B Stomp: Sunday 2 July 2017 We're excited to announce we'll be holding a fun run for all the family on Sunday 2nd July along Worthing Seafront, West Sussex. The 3-mile walk/run is all about having fun while raising money to stop group B Strep infection in babies. The run is suitable for the whole family and whether you walk, jog, or run – the 5K distance (3.1 miles) is achievable for all ages and abilities. We will be with you every step of the way with: A Race Number A complimentary T-shirt A fundraising pack full of hints, tips and ideas Register Today

By | 2017-03-28T16:37:39+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

Irwin Mitchell Joins Group B Strep Support’s Legal Panel

National charity Group B Strep Support and leading law firm, Irwin Mitchell, are delighted to announce their new corporate partnership to raise greater awareness of group B Strep, and provide support to families affected by it. Group B Strep is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies, causing meningitis, sepsis or pneumonia in more than 700 babies a year in the UK. On average, two babies a day develop group B Strep infection, one baby a week dies from group B Strep infection and another survives with life-changing disability. Although home testing kits are available to buy for £40, Irwin Mitchell has been backing calls from Group B Strep Support to make the ‘gold standard’  test [...]

By | 2017-03-28T16:36:25+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

My little boy had late-onset GBS infection

I had the GBS screening during pregnancy and tested negative (Mum lives in Australia where GBS screening is routine in 5 of the 6 states). I then had a hugely traumatic birth. 48-hour labour forceps delivery and my baby ended up with 2 skull fractures and intracranial bleeding, which he fully recovered from. I thought after getting him home from the children's hospital everything would be fine… how wrong I was. At 25 days’ old my baby began to cry inconsolably. After 3 hours, we knew something was very wrong. At the hospital, they suspected meningitis. His entire face and neck swelled up and he was failing right in front of us. I was so scared that we would [...]

By | 2017-02-08T18:04:41+00:00 February 5th, 2017|Baby fully recovered from GBS infection|0 Comments

Biotech company MinervaX announces positive results from Phase 1 GBS vaccine trials

MinervaX, a privately held Danish biotech company, today (5th January) announced positive results from a Phase I trial in 240 healthy adult women with its protein-only GBS vaccine, targeting pregnant women for the prevention of life-threatening infections in newborns. “We are delighted that MinervaX is developing a group B Strep vaccine. Group B Strep is the most common cause of severe infection in newborn babies and of meningitis in babies under 3 months, although most of these infections could be prevented. Despite the UK’s risk-based prevention strategy, the rates of these infections have increased for more than a decade. A safe and effective vaccine is the ‘holy grail’ of GBS prevention and could protect more babies from GBS [...]

By | 2017-01-11T18:39:27+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

New partnership with HiberGene Diagnostics

Group B Strep Support is delighted to announce a partnership with healthcare company HiberGene Diagnostics to help pregnant women to test for group B Strep – the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies. One in four pregnant women is unknowingly carrying group B Strep bacteria, which causes meningitis, sepsis or pneumonia in more than 500 newborn babies a year. On average, one newborn baby a week dies from group B Strep infection. Testing for Group B Streptococcus (group B Strep or GBS) is not routinely available through the NHS, unlike countries such as the USA, France, Germany, Poland and many others. HiberGene Diagnostics’ test for GBS is called Strepelle and uses the international ‘gold standard’ Enriched [...]

By | 2017-01-11T18:39:27+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

Looking back on 2016

As we pause between the Christmas and New Year holidays, it's a great time to take a minute to look back on 2016 and to thank everyone who helped make it such an amazing year. Why Guess? Campaign Parliamentary Launch On 30 November, we were delighted to kick-start our Why Guess ... when you can test? campaign with a parliamentary launch held at Portcullis House, Westminster. A sincere thank you to everyone who has written to their MP about improving awareness and prevention of group B Strep. It really does make a difference. MPs were keen to get involved, and we'll be keeping you updated as the campaign progresses. Earlier in the year, our patron, Sir Nicholas Soames [...]

By | 2017-01-11T18:39:28+00:00 December 30th, 2016|Latest News|0 Comments

Helpline at Christmas

Our Helpline (01444 416176 or info@gbss.org.uk) is open: Friday, 23rd December - 9:15am to 3.00pm Wednesday, 28th December - 9:15am to 3.00pm Thursday, 29th December - 9.15am to 3.00pm Friday, 30th December - 9.15am to 3.00pm Tuesday, 3rd January - 9.15am to 3.00pm The Helpline is closed on 26-27 December and 2nd January.  

By | 2017-01-11T18:39:28+00:00 December 16th, 2016|Latest News|0 Comments

“Why doesn’t Group B Strep Support pay for ECM tests?”

We are sometimes asked if we provide grants towards part or all of the cost of the private enriched culture medium (ECM) test for group B Strep carriage. This isn't something we do, or are currently planning to do. We thought we'd share how we reached our current position. It’s something we have discussed since the charity’s founding in 1996. The Board of Trustees, along with the charity's Chief Executive and staff, have all had the opportunity to share their views on the issue. Our concerns about using the charity's funds to pay for tests can be broken down into three main areas. Improving care for everyone We believe that as a routine part of antenatal care in the NHS, all pregnant women should be informed about [...]

By | 2016-10-24T19:29:34+00:00 October 14th, 2016|2016, Blog, Latest News|0 Comments