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Survey into long-term impacts of group B Strep infection in newborn babies

Group B Strep Support is the only UK charity dedicated to eradicating group B Strep (GBS) infections, including meningitis, in babies. We provide up-to-date, evidence-based information on GBS to families and health professionals, and support affected families. We are seeking better to understand the long-term consequences of early-onset group B Strep infection (occurring at age 0-6 days), both for the infected baby and the family, and are inviting parents of babies who developed early-onset GBS infection to take part in a survey. We will use the findings to inform our work to influence UK policy and practice, to prevent early-onset GBS infection. If you have had a baby who developed early-onset group B Strep infection, we invite you [...]

By | 2017-07-18T09:56:42+00:00 July 13th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

We’re recruiting!

Administration Assistant - Haywards Heath School hours to full time, £8-£9 per hour according to age & experience.  Do you enjoy administration and social media? We’re looking for someone with excellent admin skills, a great telephone manner and the ability to work both as part of a team and independently in our small, busy office. You’ll be the first in line for enquiries coming in to the office by phone and online – you’ll answer the straightforward questions, referring the more complex or specific to others (training will of course be given). You’ll answer the phone, send out information and respond to our busy social media channels (primarily facebook and twitter). You’ll undertake a wide range of administrative [...]

By | 2017-07-18T09:58:26+00:00 July 7th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

July is Group B Strep Awareness Month

Group B Strep is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies in the UK, and the most common cause of meningitis in babies under age 3 months[1]. And the number of these infections are rising. Currently: 2 babies a day develop group B Strep infection 1 baby a week dies from group B Strep infection 1 baby a week recovers from group B Strep infection with disability Shockingly, between 2000[2]  and 2014[3] there has been an increase of more than 50% in babies developing group B Strep infection in the UK and Republic of Ireland. And, while fewer babies have died from their group B Strep infection, more survivors have disability at discharge[i]. July is [...]

By | 2017-07-18T09:57:26+00:00 June 30th, 2017|2017, Blog, Latest News|0 Comments

Pfizer trials a group B Strep vaccine

Group B Strep Support is encouraged by the news that clinical trials of a group B Strep vaccine have begun. Pharmaceutical company Pfizer has started a Phase 1 trial of its vaccine, which could prevent many more group B Strep infections than current prevention strategies - not only the early-onset group B Strep infections (in babies aged 0-6 days), but also late-onset group B Strep infection (in babies 7-90 days) and potentially stillbirths and maternal infections caused by group B Strep. While a safe and effective vaccine is likely many years away, this is an important step towards eradicating group B Strep infection in babies. “We are delighted that Pfizer is developing a group B Strep vaccine. Group [...]

By | 2017-06-30T19:32:52+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

Study shows fall in stillbirth rate across the UK

Research published today shows that the stillbirth rate in the UK has reduced by almost 8% over the period 2013 to 2015. A current Government ambition is to halve the rates of stillbirth and neonatal death in England by 2030. These findings indicate that things are moving in the right direction. The MBRRACE-UK report focuses on rates of stillbirth and neonatal death across the UK for babies born at 24 weeks of gestation or more. The report found that in 2015 the stillbirth rate was 3.87 per 1,000 total births, a fall from 4.20 per 1,000 total births in 2013. Despite this reduction. UK stillbirth rates remain high compared with many similar European countries and there remains significant variation [...]

By | 2017-06-22T16:32:59+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

Reducing baby deaths and brain injuries during childbirth at term – most tragedies could have been prevented with the right care, audit finds

A report published today found that 1,136 babies out of over 720,000 born at term during 2015 died during labour or within the first 7 days, or suffered severe brain injury. Reviewers concluded that three quarters of these babies might have had a different outcome with different care. The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists' national quality improvement programme, Each Baby Counts, was set up in October 2014 to reduce by 50% the number of babies who die or are left severely disabled as a result of preventable incidents occurring during term labour (after 37 weeks) by 2020. A detailed analysis of all stillbirths, neonatal deaths and brain injuries that occurred during childbirth in 2015 has identified key clinical actions [...]

By | 2017-06-21T16:43:50+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

Fletchers Joins Group B Strep Support’s Legal Panel

National charity Group B Strep Support and law firm, Fletchers 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 over 700 babies every year in the UK. On average in the UK: two babies every day develop group B Strep infection one baby a week dies from group B Strep infection, and one baby a week survives their group B Strep infection with long-term disability "Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is the most common cause of [...]

By | 2017-06-12T13:59:51+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

Group B Strep Support partners with the Global Sepsis Alliance

We at Group B Strep Support are delighted to announce our partnership with The Global Sepsis Alliance, and we will work together to reduce sepsis worldwide. The Global Sepsis Alliance aims to raise awareness of sepsis worldwide and reduce sepsis deaths by 20% by 2020. Excitingly, the Global Sepsis Alliance and the World Health Organization have joined forces to bring you the free online congress ‘WSC Spotlight: Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis’ on September 12th, 2017. To find out more and to register for free, please visit www.wscspotlight.org. We are so pleased to join forces with other organisations in the worldwide fight against sepsis. Read more about The Global Sepsis Alliance here. "The Global Sepsis Alliance is pleased to [...]

By | 2017-06-06T17:26:42+00:00 June 10th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

World Health Authority adopts resolution on sepsis

The World Health Assembly* has today made sepsis a global health priority by adopting a resolution to improve, prevent, diagnose, and manage sepsis. This marks a huge step forward in the global fight against sepsis. Adopting sepsis as a global health priority should ensure better training for the relevant health professionals, greater awareness of the signs and symptoms of sepsis to be especially alert for and better adoption of the most effective strategies for preventing and treating sepsis. You can read the full resolution here. *The World Health Assembly is the world's highest health policy setting body, composed of health ministers from member states, and is the forum through which the World Health Organization (WHO) is governed by its 194 member [...]

By | 2017-06-06T15:43:35+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

Wolferstans Joins Group B Strep Support’s Legal Panel

National charity Group B Strep Support and leading law firm Wolferstans 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 over 700 babies every year in the UK. On average in the UK: two babies every day develop group B Strep infection one baby a week dies from group B Strep infection, and one baby a week survives their group B Strep infection with a fortnight is left with long-term disability "We are delighted to be working with Group B Strep Support and supporting their [...]

By | 2017-05-24T12:29:43+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments