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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.

Thank you – looking back on 2015

As the year draws to a close, I would like wish all our supporters a peaceful and relaxing Christmas and great 2016. With your support, we can gratefully say that 2015 and has been a fantastic year. This is some of what we've been up to over the last twelve months.... The [...]

Open letter with other baby charities about neonatal care

We cosigned an open letter calling for investment in neonatal services ahead of the spending review. The letter, which was published in The Guardian, says: "Services for England’s sickest babies are under extreme pressure (Staff shortages ‘putting vulnerable babies at risk’, 19 October). A recent report from Bliss found that 2,140 more neonatal [...]

US Group B Strep Infection Rates in Babies remain lower than in the UK

Provisional data for 2014 shows that the rate of early onset group B Strep infections (babies aged 0-6 days) remains at 0.24 cases per 1,000 live births in the US, a rate that has barely changed over the last 6 years. The rate of late-onset group B Strep infections (babies aged [...]

Adjournment Debate on Bereavement Care in Maternity Units

Will Quince, MP for Colchester, and Antoinette Sandbach, MP for Eddisbury bravely shared their personal stories of bereavement in an Adjournment Debate on Monday 2 November. If you are bereaved as a result of group B Strep, please do get in touch with us at 01444 416176 or info@gbss.org.uk. We're [...]

The danger of group B Strep and the fight for life

A bereaved mum talks to Lisa Salmon about her campaign to introduce routine testing for the preventable common infection that killed her only son, and infects hundreds of newborn babies every year. To sign the petition, visit http://tinyurl.com/nunz425

Doctor urges £11 test to save babies’ lives after coroner rules baby’s death from infection was ‘avoidable’

Supporters Fiona Paddon and Scott Bramley have featured in the London Evening Standard. Fiona's and Scott's only son, Edward Paddon Bramley, tragically died aged nine days after he contracted group B Strep infection at birth last year. Since then Fiona and Scott have campaigned tirelessly for change, setting up a Change.org petition calling for the Government [...]

Conference for Health Professionals “Prevention of Group B Strep infection in neonates: The Way Forward in the UK”

Prevention of Group B Strep infection in neonates: The Way Forward in the UK Are you attending the groundbreaking conference on Tuesday 3rd November 2015? There's been a change of venue - it's now being held at the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (Sussex Place, Regent's Park, London NW1). If you've [...]

Epsom Athletic Falcons Youth Football Club Under 10 Blues chooses Group B Strep Support as official charity

We're pleased to say that Epsom Athletic Falcons Youth Football Club - Under 10 Blues have picked Group B Strep Support as their official charity. The team are particularly supportive of the charity's #WhyGuess campaign, and we look forward to working closely with them to raise awareness and funds.

Guest Blog: Research involving recruitment of large numbers of patients is a labour of love!

Written by Dr Karen Morton, Consultant gynaecologist and obstetrician at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, and Founder of Dr Morton’s – the medical helpline© It is exciting that the work undertaken to look at which subtypes of group B Streptococcus were prevalent in different geographical areas, with the possible [...]

Burgess Hill Town Council Backs ‘Why Guess When You Can Test?’ Campaign

We’re please to announce that Burgess Hill Town Council supports the Why Guess … when you can test? campaign. "Burgess Hill Town Council supports the Group B Strep Support (GBSS) aims for every pregnant woman to be offered information and testing late in pregnancy for Group B Strep and in particular supports its [...]

Babyworld Backs ‘Why Guess When You Can Test?’ Campaign

We're please to announce that Babyworld supports the Why Guess … when you can test? campaign. "Babyworld supports the #WhyGuess campaign because we completely support Group B Strep in their campaign to make every mum-to-be aware and to ask for the test. We want to help take the guessing away and know [...]

Meningitis Now Backs ‘Why Guess When You Can Test?’ Campaign

We are excited to announce that national charity Meningitis Now supports the Why Guess … when you can test? campaign. “"Meningitis Now supports the #WhyGuess campaign because we see the devastation caused by GBS meningitis. We therefore support the gold standard ECM test being made available to health professionals.” You can [...]

ICP Support Backs ‘Why Guess When You Can Test?’ Campaign

We are excited to announce that national charity ICP Support supports the Why Guess … when you can test? campaign. "At ICP Support, we appreciate the importance of women having access to the most up-to-date tests for detection of conditions that are associated with poor outcome for babies. We are delighted [...]

New Labour Party Leader Supports Improving Group B Strep Prevention

It's fabulous that new leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, supports the ‪#‎WhyGuess campaign, signing EDM255, along with 58 other MPs from across the political spectrum. The leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron, has over many years shown his support for improving the prevention of group B Strep infection in newborn babies. [...]

Dr Carol Cooper Backs ‘Why Guess When You Can Test?’ Campaign

We’re excited to announce that Dr Carol Cooper, family doctor, writer and broadcaster is supporting the #WhyGuess when you can test campaign. "I whole-heartedly support the ‘Why Guess’ campaign because I believe pregnant women deserve to be checked for group B strep with a reliable test, done at time when [...]

The Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO) Backs ‘Why Guess When You Can Test?’ Campaign

We’re excited to announce that the international organisation The Confederation of Meningitis Organisations (CoMO) is supporting the #WhyGuess when you can test campaign. “The #WhyGuess campaign aims to arm medical professionals and mothers with the facts so that they can be prepared to fight one of the leading causes of meningitis in [...]

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust Backs ‘Why Guess When You Can Test?’ Campaign

We’re excited to announce that national charity The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust is supporting the #WhyGuess when you can test campaign. "Losing a child during pregnancy or at any point in their life is devastating. We support the #WhyGuess campaign because the death or long term disability of a child from [...]