Group B Strep Testing

    • The most common life threatening infection for new borns
    • Pregnant women should be tested between 35 and 37 weeks gestation
    • The test can be carried out at our clinic or as a home test
    • Call our patient booking team to discuss the options
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Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a bacterium that can be carried by women in the rectum or vagina. There are usually no symptoms or harmful effects for a carrier, until she is pregnant, when there may a significant risk of infecting her new born baby, which can be fatal.

 

 

Why test for Group B Streptococcus?

Without preventative medicine, around 700 babies born in the UK each year develop a GBS infection, making it the most common cause of life threatening infection for new born babies. Most GBS infection in new born babies can be prevented by giving high risk mothers intravenous antibiotics from the onset of labour until the baby is born. If the mother is a carrier and is not treated during delivery, the risk of her baby developing a GBS infection is 1 in 300, if treated during labour this is reduced to less than 1 in 6000.

Kingsbridge Private Hospital offer GBS testing with TDL laboratories who use an Enriched Culture Medium (ECM) specifically designed to isolate GBS in swabs. Pregnant women should be tested for GBS between 35 and 37 weeks gestation, which allows enough time to get results and is also close enough to the delivery date to minimise the risk of GBS infection during labour. The test can be carried out at our clinic or as a home test. 

Please note that the test is not 100% sensitive and thus there can be false negatives (I.e. there is a chance that you could have a negative result when you are in fact positive). There is also a small chance that you could acquire the infection between testing and giving birth; this is minimised but not eradicated by testing late in pregnancy at 35-37 weeks gestation.

 If you would like to book an appointment or require further information on the options available to you, please do not hesitate to contact our private patient booking team on the details above.

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Kingsbridge Private Hospital

811-815 Lisburn Road,
Belfast

Healthcare Professionals & Consultants

Dr David Glenn

Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

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