NHS: Provide tests for Group B Strep to prevent any more avoidable deaths of newborn babies

NHS: Provide tests for Group B Strep to prevent any more avoidable deaths of newborn babies

"My partner Scott and I should have been sharing our son Edward Gili’s first birthday last month. But instead of having that exciting first year to celebrate and many more to look forward to, we had just 9 precious days to spend with our beautiful son.

Edward was cruelly taken from us as a result of contracting group B Strep infection at birth. On average, one newborn baby a day in the UK develops group B Strep infection. One baby a week dies from group B Strep infection. One baby a fortnight who survives the infection is left with long-term disabilities - physical, mental or both. It is the UK’s most common cause of severe bacterial infection in newborn babies, and of meningitis in babies under 3 months....Had we had ECM tests in place, Edward Gili could be here today for us to see his first steps and hear his first words. We can’t afford to lose any more lives, we can’t afford not to do this."

Please sign the change.org/GBS e-petition calling for every pregnant woman to be:

- Offered information about group B Strep

- Offered the GBS-specific ECM (enriched culture medium) test for group B Strep carriage and

- Offered antibiotics in labour if group B Strep is detected during the current pregnancy, or where other recognised risk factors are present

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