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Alice’s story – Guest blog from Irwin Mitchell

Group B strep is the most common cause of infection in newborns in Britain. Harmless to the estimated one in four women who carry the bacterium, it can be fatal for babies if it is transmitted in the birth canal, causing illnesses including meningitis and blood poisoning. Alice’s* story Just one day after Alice was born on 16 December 2008, Alice’s parents were told their little girl had contracted Group B strep during birth and had developed meningitis as a result.  She was so desperately ill that she was placed in an induced coma and spent the following two months in an incubator in hospital.  It was discovered that an astonishing number of mistakes were made after doctors at [...]

By |2017-12-27T10:08:03+00:00December 22nd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

MPs quiz the Government over work to raise awareness of group B Strep

On 19 December 2017, the new joint patient information leaflet on group B Strep, jointly written by experts at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and charity Group B Strep Support, was published. Members of Parliament quizzed the Government on what it is doing to raise awareness of group B Strep. Labour Melanie Onn, MP for Great Grimsby and Conservative Mims Davies, MP for Eastleigh asked questions of Steve Brine MP, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, about what steps the Government is taking to ensure the leaflet will be provided to all pregnant women. Click here to watch the exchange

By |2018-02-28T13:04:55+00:00December 19th, 2017|Latest News|0 Comments

Two in three mothers feel let down over lack of information about life-threatening baby infection, 11/09/2017

Survey supports calls for routine antenatal Group B Strep screening on the NHS.  Two thirds of expectant or new mothers feel they are being let down because they are not being properly informed about an infection that kills one baby every week in the UK. New research has found a major rise in knowledge of the risks of the potentially life-threatening group B Strep infection amongst expectant and new mothers, with 80% of the women surveyed aware of the disease, up from only 50% in 2015. The survey, conducted by Bounty on behalf of Group B Strep Support this summer, revealed that women are still being let down by a lack of information, with only one in three feeling adequately informed about group [...]

By |2018-04-12T11:49:58+00:00November 3rd, 2017|Press Releases|0 Comments

Issued on 15/06/2017

Fletchers Join Group B Strep Support’s Legal Panel National charity Group B Strep Support and law firm, Fletchers 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 over 700 babies every year in the UK. On average in the UK: two babies every day develop group B Strep infection one baby a week dies from group B Strep infection, and one baby a week survives their group B Strep infection with long-term disability Christian Beadell, Senior Solicitor in Fletchers Medical Negligence [...]

By |2017-11-03T11:14:52+00:00November 3rd, 2017|Press Releases|0 Comments

Issued on 09/05/2017

Enable Law Join Group B Strep Support’s Legal Panel National charity Group B Strep Support and newly launched medical negligence law firm, Enable Law, 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 over 700 babies every year in the UK. On average in the UK: two babies every day develop group B Strep infection one baby a week dies from group B Strep infection, and one baby a week survives their group B Strep infection with long-term disability Rob [...]

By |2017-11-03T11:14:02+00:00November 3rd, 2017|Press Releases|0 Comments

Issued on 20/04/2017

Screening programme reduced life-threatening infection in newborn babies by over 80% A leading London hospital dramatically reduced the rates of a life-threatening infection in newborn babies thanks to a simple screening test. New research published today from a pilot study[1] at Northwick Park Hospital reports that screening pregnant women for group B Strep (GBS) reduced the rate of these potentially deadly infections in their newborn babies by 83%. The results, published in the prestigious BMJ Open come just days after the National Screening Committee said there was “insufficient evidence” to introduce GBS screening for mums-to-be in the UK. Yet in countries that have introduced antenatal GBS screening – recognised internationally as best practice – rates of these infections have fallen by significantly, by 70-90%. Group B [...]

By |2017-11-03T11:12:53+00:00November 3rd, 2017|Press Releases|0 Comments

Issued on 30/03/2017

Wolferstans Join Group B Strep Support’s Legal Panel National charity Group B Strep Support and leading law firm Wolferstans are delighted to announce their new corporate partnership to raise greater awareness of group B Strep, and provide support to families affected by it. Group B Strep is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies, causing meningitis, sepsis or pneumonia in over 700 babies every year in the UK. On average in the UK: two babies every day develop group B Strep infection one baby a week dies from group B Strep infection, and one baby a week survives their group B Strep infection with a fortnight is left with long-term disability Elizabeth Smith, Partner & Head of Department, Medical Negligence of Wolferstans, [...]

By |2017-11-03T11:11:45+00:00November 3rd, 2017|Press Releases|0 Comments

Issued on 24/03/2017

Royds Withy King Join Group B Strep Support’s Legal Panel 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 over 700 babies every year in the UK. On average in the UK: two babies every day develop group B Strep infection one baby a week dies from group B Strep infection, and one baby a week survives their group B Strep infection with long-term disability Kerstin Kubiak, [...]

By |2017-11-03T11:09:53+00:00November 3rd, 2017|Press Releases|0 Comments

Issued on 22/03/2017

Leading baby charity disappointed by decision not to introduce life-saving screening for newborn babies Leading baby charity Group B Strep Support is hugely disappointed by the recommendation of the UK National Screening Committee that the Government should not introduce routine screening of pregnant women for group B Strep. Group B Streptococcus (GBS or Strep B) is the UK’s most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies – causing sepsis, meningitis and pneumonia. Group B Strep is carried by around 20-30% of the population and, on average, in the UK: 2 babies a day develop group B Strep infection 1 baby a week dies from group B Strep infection 1 baby a week survives with disability Jane Plumb MBE, Chief Executive Group B Strep Support: [...]

By |2017-11-03T11:08:27+00:00November 3rd, 2017|Press Releases|0 Comments