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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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 change.org/GBS petition and spoke very movingly about what had happened, and her [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Pfizer Awarded Grant to Evaluate Vaccine to Protect Newborns Against Group B Streptococcus Infection

We are delighted that Pfizer has been awarded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a Phase 1/2 clinical trial to evaluate a group B streptococcus vaccine. The vaccine is designed to protect newborn babies via maternal immunisation. The need for a vaccine that could protect pregnant women and their newborn babies against [...]