Group B Strep Support

Group B Strep Support

Charity information

Group B Strep Support

Group B Strep Support (GBSS) is a UK charity, founded in 1996. Our three main aims are to raise awareness and prevent group B strep infection in newborn babies.

Founded 1996

  • Mission statement

    Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies in the UK. Without preventative medicine, GBS infects approximately 700 babies a year – 75 of these sick babies die and 40 survivors suffer long-term problems.

    Yet most GBS infections are preventable by offering antibiotics in labour to women in recognised higher risk situations, including known carriage of GBS during pregnancy. This is not standard UK practice, nor is sensitive testing widely available on the NHS and little accessible information about GBS is given to expectant parents or to their health professionals.

    Group B Strep Support (GBSS) wants all health professionals involved in maternity services to have high-quality information on preventing GBS infection in newborn babies so they can best advise the families in their care. GBSS wants reliable screening tests (currently only easily available privately from two laboratories) to be freely available to all women late in their pregnancy.

    Group B Strep Support (GBSS) was set up as a charity in 1996 to:
    - inform healthcare professionals how to prevent most group B Streptococcal (GBS) infections in newborn babies
    - offer information and support to those affected by GBS and
    - generate continued support for research into the prevention of GBS infections in babies.

  • Aims

    Group B Strep Support aims to:

    • Offer information and support to families affected by group B Streptococcus
    • Generate continued support for research into preventing group B Strep infections in newborn babies.
    • Inform health professionals and individuals how most group B Strep infections in newborn babies can be prevented
  • Overview

    Established: July 1996

    Registered Charity Number: 1112065

    Phone number: 01444 416176

    Address: PO Box 203, Haywards Heath RH16 1GF

    View charity accounts on the Charity Commission website