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Click on the links below to read the latest news and views about group B Strep, the activities of the charity Group B Strep Support and its supporters.

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 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 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 [...]

Our Patron Sir Nicholas Soames speaks out in Parliament on group B Strep during Baby Loss Awareness Week 2016

Sir Nicholas Soames MP spoke movingly and powerfully in the Baby Loss Debate held in Parliament on 13 October 2016. It was parliament at its best - MP after MP told heart-breaking stories of baby loss. Some shared their own stories, a number for the first time in the House. Others [...]