Group B Strep Test

£35.00

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Custard & Crumble are proud to be working in conjunction with Connect2Pharma offering Mums to be the opportunity to purchase a Group B Strep home testing kit.

 

Group B Streptococcus is the UK’s most common cause of life-threatening infections in newborn babies, and of meningitis in babies up to age 3 months. Most GBS infections can be prevented by giving antibiotics intravenously at the onset of labour to all women who carry GBS. As GBS is not routinely tested on the NHS, using a testing kit in the last five weeks of pregnancy will best predict GBS carriage around the time of delivery.

 

Group B Strep testing:

 

 

    • 35-37 weeks is suggested for testing, as this has shown to be a highly predictive indicator of whether you will be carrying when you are most likely to go into labour.  

 

    • The Group B Strep test requires both a vaginal and rectal sample using the swabs provided in the pack 

 

    • The swabs must be sealed in the collection tubes and correctly labelled 

 

    • The patient must fill out all personal details on the request form, along with the contact details of their Midwife and/or Obstetrician who will also receive the results 

 

    • The collection tubes and request form must be placed in the envelope and posted 

 

    • The result of the test will be available within 3 working days of receipt of the swabs. Results will be sent to the patient via mail and text message, and to the named healthcare professional indicating whether Group B Strep has been isolated (positive) or not isolated (negative) 

 

 

For further information about Strep B please read below and speak to your midwife and or doctor.

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Group B Streptococcus is the UK’s most common cause of life-threatening infections in newborn babies, and of meningitis in babies up to age 3 months. Most GBS infections can be prevented by giving antibiotics intravenously at the onset of labour to all women who carry GBS. UK guidelines recommend Mums should be offered these antibiotics in labour if GBS has been detected during the current pregnancy, if a previous baby had GBS infection or if she has a fever in labour.

 

Intravenous antibiotics in labour are highly effective at preventing GBS infection in newborn babies, reducing the risk for a baby born to a woman carrying GBS from around 1 in 300 to less than 1 in 6000. Oral antibiotics should not be given during pregnancy for GBS as they have not been shown to redce GBS infection in babies. There are always small but potentially serious risks associated with taking antibiotics, and this needs to be fully discussed with your midwife or doctor.

 

Screening for GBS is not routinely offered in the NHS. Laboratory testing for GBS is routinely undertaken at The Doctors Laboratory following the method described in the UK Standard, using enriched culture medium. Two swabs need to be cultured ideally in the last five weeks of pregnancy, to best predict GBS carriage around the time of delivery.

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