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UK screening reduced life-threatening infection in newborn babies by over 80%

A leading London hospital dramatically reduced the rates of a life-threatening infection in newborn babies thanks to a simple screening test. New research published today from a pilot study at Northwick Park Hospital reports that screening pregnant women for group B Strep (GBS) reduced the rate of these potentially deadly infections in their newborn babies by 83%. The results, published in the prestigious BMJ Open, come just days after the National Screening Committee said there was “insufficient evidence” to introduce routine GBS testing for mums-to-be in the UK. Yet in countries that have introduced antenatal GBS screening – recognised internationally as best practice – rates of these infections have fallen by significantly, by 70-90%. Group B Streptococcus (GBS or Strep [...]

By | 2017-04-19T09:38:54+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists’ Draft Group B Strep Guidelines

The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists have just published their draft update to their "Prevention of Early-onset Neonatal Group B Strep Disease" guideline. It’s aimed at health professionals and is available here. Please note it is a draft, so the recommendations may change. GBSS is delighted to have been asked to comment on this and we are keen to make your views heard. Everyone’s input is important, whether you’re a member of the public, a family affected by group B Strep or a health professional. If you’d like us to include your comment in our response, please complete this form and send it to us by Monday, 24th April 2017 by email to info@gbss.org.uk or by post GBSS, P O Box 203, [...]

By | 2017-04-18T14:53:56+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

Group B Strep Support’s health information achieves certification

Group B Strep Support has proven it is a provider of reliable, high quality health information having achieved certification by The Information Standard, a health and care certification programme supported by NHS England. Following a review of its information production processes, Group B Strep Support met the programme’s certification criteria and will therefore be able to display The Information Standard quality mark on our literature and website. “With so much information available now, it is vital the public be able to differentiate between information that is and isn’t trustworthy. This is why The Information Standard was established, with its easy to spot quality mark, the public just need to check the mark is on the leaflet or website [...]

By | 2017-03-30T17:44:37+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

Royds Withy King Joins Group B Strep Support’s Legal Panel

National charity Group B Strep Support and specialist law firm, Royds Withy King are delighted to announce their partnership in working together to raise greater awareness of group B Strep and to provide advice and support to families whose babies may have been 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, and one baby a week dies from group B Strep infection, and another baby is left with life-changing disability. Find out more about Royds Withy King's work involving group B strep. “Every parent’s key [...]

By | 2017-03-28T16:58:30+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

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

Tozers Joins Group B Strep Support’s Legal Panel

National charity Group B Strep Support and law firm, Tozers, 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, and one baby a week dies from group B Strep infection, and another baby is left with life-changing disability. Although home testing kits are available to buy for less than £40, Tozers has been calling for the NHS to make the ‘gold standard’  test available on the [...]

By | 2017-03-28T16:38:54+00:00 March 22nd, 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

Minister for Health responds to change.org/GBS petition

We have now received a formal response to the Change.org petition on GBS that had over 256,000 signatures (now almost 300,000) when handed into the Department of Health in January. We are deeply disappointed by the response. The letter from the Minister for Health, Philip Dunne MP, does not move the issue forward at all. Apart from two sentences, it is made up entirely of standard 'boilerplate' content, seen many times in correspondence from the Department of Health, and simply summarises the current position.   “We are so disappointed by this letter - it may be that the Minister does, as he says: 'fully appreciate the concerns raised by the signatories' but, if so, he has failed to show [...]

By | 2017-03-20T19:50:22+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

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 public consultation. We were very disappointed with the report that was commissioned and disagree profoundly with many of the findings and conclusions. The UK NSC review looked at selected evidence published since 2012 and the report recommended against introducing a screening programme. We strongly disagree with this – evidence shows that screening can and does save lives and reduces the risk of long-term disability by preventing devastating [...]

By | 2017-02-16T08:30:05+00:00 February 9th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments