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GBSS Response to UK NSC public consultation on antenatal group B Strep screening

The public consultation on the report that the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) commissioned on antenatal screening for group B Strep carriage has now closed. We are now waiting to hear the decision of the UK NSC, taking into account not only the report they commissioned, but also all the comments submitted during the [...]

By | February 9th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

ITV’s This Morning

Fiona Paddon appeared on ITV's This Morning today to talk about the loss of her baby, Edward, as a result of group B Strep infection and her campaign to prevent the same happening to other Mums. She talked about her petition and spoke very movingly about what had happened, and her heartbreak. Philip Schofield and Holly [...]

By | January 25th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

Delivering a 250,000 strong petition

Today was the day we joined Fiona Paddon and Scott Bramley, Edward's parents, to deliver the 250,000 strong petition to Jeremy Hunt MP (Secretary of State for Health), Prof Dame Sally Davies (Chief Medical Officer for England) and Dr Duncan Selbie (Chief Executive, Public Health England). The petition delivery was supported on the [...]

By | January 23rd, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

Have your say on group B Strep screening – consultation closes 25 January 2017

Have your say on group B Strep screening - consultation closes 25 January 2017 We are very disappointed with the recommendations of the report commissioned by the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) against antenatal group B Strep screening and disagree with many of the findings and conclusions. The UK NSC looked at selected [...]

By | January 16th, 2017|Latest News|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 [...]

By | 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 [...]

By | 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 ... [...]

By | December 30th, 2016|Latest News|0 Comments

Helpline at Christmas

Our Helpline (01444 416176 or 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 | December 16th, 2016|Latest News|0 Comments

Andrew Harding’s PCT Hike: Final Post

I had planned to walk what is known as 'The Pacific Crest Trail' - PCT - some 2,650 miles northbound from Mexico to the Canadian border. A long, long, walk, about 5 months to do, and nearly 7 months of planning. Jane and I had spoken about GBSS, and I had determined to take [...]

By | December 16th, 2016|Latest News, Pacific Crest Trail|0 Comments

Rates of Group B Strep Infection in Babies Rise Again

The rate of group B Strep infections in babies aged 0-6 days rose again in 2015. The rate of 'early-onset' group B Strep infections is now 19% higher than it was when the UK first introduced a prevention strategy against these infections developing in newborn babies. The rise numbers of babies diagnosed with group B [...]

By | November 28th, 2016|Latest News|0 Comments