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Olympic sprinter Iwan Thomas talks to ITV This Morning about his newborn son’s group B Strep infection

Olympic Sprinter Iwan Thomas was on the ITV This Morning sofa on Tuesday to talk about the terrifying ordeal he and his family went through after his newborn son Teddy developed a group B Strep infection. Iwan shared that before Teddy was diagnosed with group B Strep infection, he'd never heard of it, and shared his frustration that families weren't being routinely informed about group B Strep. Group B Strep Support Chief Executive Jane Plumb MBE said: “It was so brave of Iwan to share his and little Teddy’s story about his fight against group B Strep infection. The awareness they, Dr Chris Steele and all of ITV’s This Morning team can quite literally be life-saving. It's [...]

By |2019-01-29T19:56:27+00:00January 29th, 2019|Latest News|0 Comments

Looking back on 2018, and forward to 2019

As 2018 draws to a close, we want to thank everyone who has supported and helped the charity throughout the year, whether that's through raising awareness of group B Strep, raising funds for us, or working with us to campaign for change. In whatever way you've been involved with the charity, our sincere thanks to each and every one of you for your support. It's been an incredible action-packed year and we think it's really important to take a moment and reflect on some of the achievements you've made happen, as well as outline our plans for 2019. Highlights of 2018 January: We took delivery 130,000 copies of the leaflet on group B Strep written for expectant parents that [...]

By |2018-12-24T11:16:25+00:00December 24th, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments

The cost of group B Strep infection

Group B Strep Support has today published our report on clinical negligence relating to group B Strep, entitled The cost of group B Strep infection. Our report found that GBS clinical negligence represents a significant burden to families and their babies, emotionally and financially. This negligence also has a significant financial burden to the NHS, both through successful clinical negligence cases and through ongoing care for many of the babies who survive. The report looked at 32 cases of potential or admitted clinical negligence where a GBS infection was suspected or confirmed covering a period 2006 to 2018, and was based on a survey of six of Group B Strep Support's expert Legal Panel members. We are grateful to our [...]

By |2018-12-07T11:50:28+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments

Our thoughts on the news from Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust

Tragically there’s been very concerning news coming from the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust investigation, where dozens more cases of poor care have been uncovered at a hospital’s maternity service. The story has been covered on the front page of the Daily Mail, the Health Service Journal and by Sky News. Two of the babies mentioned in these articles had early-onset group B Strep infection; Pippa Griffiths and Jack Burns. Tragically, both babies died. We are sad to see that simple mistakes were made, both in the care of the mothers and of the babies. We fervently hope that the Trust will learn from their mistakes to improve their maternity services going forward. We are very sad that this [...]

By |2018-10-01T12:51:59+00:00August 31st, 2018|Latest News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Scotland leads the way on awareness of baby killing infection

We're delighted to announce that the Scottish Government has provided funding to the charity so we can supply information leaflets on group B Strep to all Health Boards in Scotland. The charity has provided 55,000 copies of the clear and concise patient information leaflet jointly written with experts at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) to the Health Boards. The Health Boards will then distribute these leaflets to maternity units across Scotland, ensuring all pregnant women in Scotland are informed about group B Strep. This is a huge step forward for group B Strep prevention in Scotland, which we are very pleased about. We're calling on the governments of England, Wales and Northern Ireland to follow [...]

By |2018-08-20T12:44:46+00:00August 17th, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments

Strep B Stomp Bury St Edmunds 2018

On Sunday 12th August, we hosted a Strep B Stomp family fun run and fun day with local supporters Ame Jenkins, Emma McCarthy & Su Newton in Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds, to raise funds for the charity and awareness of group B Strep infections in newborn babies. It was a fabulous day with much fun had by everyone who attended. Ame, a Volunteer Ambassador for charity Group B Strep Support, has been raising awareness of group B Strep since her daughter, Lilee May, was born in 2010. Shortly after birth, Lilee was rushed into Special Care where she was found to have group B Strep meningitis and septicaemia. Ame said, “Ever since Lilee’s birth I have wanted to do [...]

By |2018-08-29T13:02:36+00:00August 16th, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments

Group B Strep in Parliament

On Wednesday 4th July, we were delighted to hold a drop-in event for MPs to meet us in the House of Commons to mark Group B Strep Awareness Month and learn more about how they could help prevent GBS infection The event was a great success, with MPs from all across the UK attending. A particular highlight was having Steve Brine MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care joining us and agreeing to follow up with Public Health England on group B Strep. Many MPs who attended had been contacted by constituents about group B Strep, and one, Helen Hayes MP, sharing her experience of having discovered she was carrying GBS during her pregnancy. [...]

By |2018-07-12T16:36:09+00:00July 12th, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments

Guest Blog: Kiki BlahBlah “My birth story”

Our thanks to Sareta from Kiki Blah-Blah for kindly sharing her experience of group B Strep. I’m a mother of three boys, and each one of their births was different. My eldest contracted Group B Strep infection, and he seems to have been suffering ever since. My first pregnancy, like any first, was an entirely new experience. Not knowing what to expect I dived in head first, learning everything that I could. I attended antenatal classes, read a book and got a DVD. I prepped as thoroughly as I could and did everything that professionals recommended. In my mind, nothing could go wrong, which is why I had planned to have my son in a birthing unit. A natural [...]

By |2018-07-11T09:35:39+00:00July 10th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Group B Strep vaccine on the horizon

A group B Strep vaccine is on the horizon, and hopefully will be available in five to ten years. This was the takeaway message from the first international conference on group B Strep, ISSAD, held in Cape Town, South Africa in February 2018. Run jointly by the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, from 20-23 February, 242 delegates from 37 different countries gathered to listen to worldwide leaders in group B Strep and share ideas on how to progress to a GBS-disease-free population. Our Chief Executive, Jane Plumb MBE, co-chaired a session on advocacy for GBS prevention strategies with Ajoke Sobanjo-ter Meulen, Global Lead for Maternal Immunization at the Bill & Melinda Gates [...]

By |2018-06-29T16:27:46+00:00February 28th, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments

Raising awareness across the UK

Our team and our wonderful supporters have been working across the UK to raise awareness of group B Strep. Our Chief Executive Jane Plumb MBE gave a lecture to 30 postgraduate medical students on group B Strep at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry earlier this month.  She also attended the National Baby Charity Network Meeting, updating members on the latest developments with group B Strep. Our Volunteer Ambassadors have been out and about, sharing their experiences and talking about group B Strep. Melissa Barclay Melissa gave a presentation to the JOEL - The Complete Package 'Life After Loss' Conference on 27 January 2018. The audience of around 80 delegates was made up of health professionals, students, [...]

By |2018-01-31T16:40:07+00:00January 31st, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments