Medical Advisory Panel

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We are hugely grateful to each of the members of the charity’s Medical Advisory Panel for their seemingly indefatigable (thankfully) generosity with their time, knowledge and expertise and for their continued support.

The members of the Group B Strep Support medical advisory panel are shown below.

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Professor Philip Steer (Chair)

Professor Philip Steer is the Chair of the Group B Strep Support Medical Advisory Panel.  He is Emeritus professor at Imperial College and consultant obstetrician at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London

"All medical professionals involved in the care of pregnant women and newborn babies should be aware of the importance of group B Strep and the steps that can be taken to prevent infection. They should also be aware of the factors that put the baby at particularly high risk. And they need to pass that information on to the women in their care, giving expectant mothers the opportunity to take a simple swab test and give themselves the knowledge of their carrier status; this knowledge could save their baby's life. At the moment, lives are being lost needlessly."


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Dr Alison Bedford Russell

Dr Alison Bedford Russell is Clinical Director Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), West Midlands Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) Maternity and Newborn Clinical Director, Birmingham Women's NICU


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Dr Guduru Gopal Rao OBE

Dr Guduru Gopal Rao, OBE is Consultant Microbiologist at The North West London Hospitals NHS Trust and has been interested in the prevention of GBS infections in babies for over 15 years.  Dr Rao's innovative approaches to reduce infections such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile have been widely adopted. He has been a member of a number of international and national professional groups including the Department of Health's MRSA Screening Committee, and was until recently an international advisor for The Royal College of Pathologists.


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Mrs Philippa Cox

Mrs Philippa Cox is Consultant Midwife / Supervisor of Midwives, CWSH Management Office, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London.


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