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 the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies, causing meningitis, sepsis or pneumonia in more than 700 babies a year in the UK.
On average, two babies a day develop group B Strep infection, and one baby a week dies from group B Strep infection, and another baby is left with life-changing disability.
Find out more about Royds Withy King’s work involving group B strep.
“Every parent’s key concern on the birth of their child is to see them healthy, well and protected. A serious illness suffered by a newborn baby is devastating for the whole family, particularly so when there are long-term consequences for the child. In some tragic cases a new life cannot be saved. It is heartbreaking to work for families who have lost a child or whose child has suffered a long-term neurological injury, knowing that a simple and relatively cheap test with appropriate antibiotic treatment could have avoided such an outcome.
For this reason the Medical Negligence team at Royds Withy King feel honoured to be working with the charity Group B Strep Support in their tireless efforts to raise awareness amongst medical staff and pregnant women about GBS, in an effort to avoid other families suffering the consequences of an undiagnosed infection.”
“We are delighted to partner with Royds Withy King who, with their experience of working with neonatal group B Strep cases, know how important it is that families and their health professionals have good quality information about group B Strep.”
She added: “By partnering with Royds Withy King, we can provide information and support to families and their health professionals. We rely on partnerships like these to continue our vital work, and this new partnership will enable us to reach many more of the 800,000 families who have babies each year.”