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

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]