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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 | 2017-05-26T16:54:45+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

Primary Care & Public Health Conference 2017

We were pleased to attend the Primary Care & Public Health Conference, meeting GPs, clinical commissioning groups, community nurses, midwives, AHPs (physiotherapists, podiatrists, speech & language therapists, dietitians) and health care managers working in primary care, community care and public health. We spoke to and gave information materials to over 700 of the 6,000+ delegates during the two day-conference. Most of those visiting our stand were Midwives, and there were also GPs, Health Visitors and even a handful of Microbiologists. We met up with old friends - both health professionals and other exhibitors - and made some new ones. This is such an important route to providing engaged health professionals with the latest information on group B Strep both for their [...]

By | 2017-05-26T16:57:29+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

Enable Law Joins Group B Strep Support’s Legal Panel

National charity Group B Strep Support and newly launched medical negligence law firm, Enable Law, 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 "We are delighted to begin [...]

By | 2017-05-22T13:11:22+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

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