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NHS Long Term Plan

Group B Strep Support welcomes the Government’s publication of a Long Term Plan for the NHS, and the increased funding of £20.6bn by 2023/4. The Government aims to achieve 50% reductions in stillbirth, maternal mortality, neonatal mortality and serious brain injury by 2025, including the rolling out of the Saving Babies Lives Care Bundle throughout England in 2019 and an increased focus on preventing preterm birth. We encourage this ambition, and believe it is crucial that group B Strep prevention is improved as part of meeting this target. We welcome the working with midwives, mothers and their families to implement continuity of carer so that, by March 2021, most women receive continuity of the person caring for them during [...]

By |2019-01-07T18:00:31+00:00January 7th, 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

Group B Strep Support responds to Each Baby Counts 2018 Progress Report

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) today released their Each Baby Counts 2018 progress report, which is intended to improve maternity care and reduce potentially avoidable deaths and serious harm to babies during birth and in their first seven days. The report found that different care might have led to a different outcome in almost three quarters of stillbirths, neonatal deaths and severe brain injuries included in the review. Worryingly, in almost half (45%) of the affected babies, guidelines and best practice were not followed. Reasons for this included gaps in training, lack of recognition of problems, and local guidelines not being based on best available evidence. There has been an increase in parents invited to be [...]

By |2018-11-13T13:57:26+00:00November 13th, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments

Baby Loss Awareness Week 2018

Every year in the UK, thousands of people are affected by the death of a baby or experience pregnancy loss. A collaboration between more than 60 charities across the UK, Baby Loss Awareness Week is held from 9 to 15 October to raise awareness about the key issues affecting those who have experienced pregnancy loss or baby death in the UK. Throughout the week bereaved parents, their families and friends, unite with each other and others across the world to commemorate the lives of babies who died during pregnancy, at or soon after birth and in infancy. Now in its 16th year, Baby Loss Awareness Week calls for tangible improvements in research, care and policy around bereavement support and [...]

By |2018-10-11T08:58:21+00:00October 9th, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments

RCM Conference 2018

We're just back from the Royal College of Midwives' Annual Conference. We had a table in the Charity Area of the exhibition and, from the moment the doors opened on Thursday morning, were inundated with midwives and student  midwives keen to get the most up to date information about group B Strep. Thousands of our latest leaflet, "Group B Streptococcus (GBS) in pregnancy and newborn babies" were taken, and a similar number of our summary of the latest GBS guidelines. Hundreds of pens and GBS ALERT stickers made their way into midwives' bags, together with order forms to be taken away and filled in at a later date. There were some great conversations! It was also good to catch [...]

By |2018-10-17T08:05:51+00:00October 8th, 2018|Latest News|0 Comments

Future GBS vaccine highly likely to be cost-effective at preventing life-threatening infections in babies

Group B Strep bacteria which one in every 4 to 5 pregnant women carry, and which can cause death or serious complications in their babies, could be targeted in a cost-effective way by a future vaccine – even if it costs the NHS as much as £54 a dose. Group B Strep (GBS) infection, caused by Group B Streptococcus, is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies, and of meningitis in infants up to age 5. On average in the UK, two babies a day develop group B Strep infection, one baby a week dies from their GBS infection and another baby every week survives with long-term health issues. The UK’s current group B Strep prevention [...]

By |2018-11-16T14:46:01+00:00October 4th, 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