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 [email protected] or by post GBSS, P O Box 203, Haywards Heath RH16 1GF. If you have any problems downloading it, or would like any further information, please get in touch by email at [email protected] or all us on 01444 416176.
You can make general comments, about the whole guideline, or specific comments on individual sections/lines. Some things you might like to consider include:
- The medical aspects of the recommendations
- How the guideline refers to women/laypeople
- Is the lay perspective included in any medical statements, conclusions or assumptions?
- Are lay concerns addressed?
- How does the guideline share with women about medical issues?
- How much does the guideline involve women in decision-making?
- How much does the guideline refer to engaging women in the process?
- The structure of the guideline itself (eg, is it set out logically? Is there duplication of information or any repetition? Does it read well?)
We will send our comments to the RCOG, sharing the views of our supporters, before the final deadline. Please note that we may summarise or edit comments. We will not share individual or identifiable feedback with them.
“Peer reviewing is vital to ensure that the guideline is thoroughly tested with a wide range of people – parents and professionals – so that the College can be confident of its contents before finalising it. The more who look at the proposed recommendations and contribute constructively to the discussion, the better the final version will be.
“We are pleased to be part of this process and hope many others will be too.”