Group B Strep Support

Title: Group B Strep Support.

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Dr Chris Steele, resident doctor on ITV’s This Morning, has become the first Patron of charity Group B Strep Support (GBSS). GBSS hopes his involvement will help raise greater awareness of group B Streptococcus (GBS), a deadly but usually preventable infection that affects 700 newborn babies each year in the UK.

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TV’s Dr Chris Steele Announced as Patron of Group B Strep Support Dr Chris Steele, resident doctor on ITV’s This Morning, has become the first Patron of charity Group B Strep Support (GBSS). GBSS hopes his involvement will help raise greater awareness of group B Streptococcus (GBS), a deadly but usually preventable infection that affects 700 newborn babies each year in the UK.
Known and trusted by millions, family GP Dr Steele is renowned for his practical and open approach to airing medical issues in the media. Dr Steele has written about GBS in the press and interviewed families affected by GBS on ‘This Morning’. He strongly believes all pregnant women should be informed about GBS and that they should be offered sensitive testing for GBS on the NHS.¬†Dr Steele says: “Ultimately I’d like to see every pregnant woman in the UK offered a reliable test for GBS on the NHS – this test is a routine part of antenatal care in many countries including Australia, Canada, Spain and the USA. Until then, raising¬†awareness is the key to saving babies’ lives. I’d urge any pregnant woman to get informed about GBS, and get tested.” One in three people carries GBS. GBS can be passed from mother to baby around labour and delivery – for most babies this is harmless, in others it causes blood poisoning, meningitis and pneumonia. A simple test, costing just GBP32, can show whether a woman is at higher risk of passing this bacterium to her baby and, if she is, she should be offered antibiotics in labour to protect her baby. But most pregnant women in the UK have never even heard of GBS, and many medical professionals are ill-informed. GBSS founder and Chair, Jane Plumb, said: “I am delighted that Dr Chris has agreed to be a Patron of GBSS. His contribution will be invaluable – his involvement will help raise greater awareness about GBS and save more tiny lives.”

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http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/cgi/news/release?id=193627

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