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Clinical negligence solicitor welcomes new patient information leaflet on Group B Strep

Emmalene Bushnell, partner in Leigh Day’s clinical negligence team, has welcomed the launch of a new patient information leaflet for all pregnant women giving information on Group B Strep.

Pregnant woman

19 December 2017

The leaflet has been produced jointly by charity Group B Strep Support (GBSS) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

The leaflet will be given to all pregnant women as part of their routine antenatal care and is based on recently updated guidelines from the RCOG on early onset Group B Streptococcal Disease.

The new leaflet aims to ensure that all pregnant women are provided with high-quality information about GBS and how to minimise the risk of infection in their baby. It is now available online from the RCOG and  GBSS websites.

GBS occurs naturally in the digestive system and lower vaginal tract of around a quarter of women at any one time and usually causes no harm but it can be passed onto babies during labour. On average two babies a day develop the infection, with one a week dying and one a week being left with life-changing disability.

A recent survey found that many expectant mothers feel that they do not know enough about the illness and that they are more likely to know about GBS from friends or personal experience than by healthcare staff.

Emmalene Bushnell, partner in Leigh Day’s clinical negligence department, said:

“The collaboration of the RCOG and GBSS in producing a joint patient leaflet on Group B Strep is a huge step forward in informing pregnant women about Group B Strep. The leaflet to be provided to all women as part of their routine antenatal care gives essential information about what should be done if GBS infection is found as well as highlighting the symptoms/risks of GBS in the newborn.”

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