Group B Strep Test
The Doctors Laboratory
A Test for Group B Streptococcus.
Group B Streptococcus (GBS) Tests are routinely deployed in many countries: Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Switzerland, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Dubai, Lithuania, Slovenia, Poland, Chile, Dubai.
For pregnant women in the UK, tests are NOT routinely offered for testing Group B Strept Carriage and are not widely available via the NHS. The "general purpose" tests that are offered (vaginal or rectal swabs or a urine test) are not specifically developed to assess Group B Strep, any many swab tests fail to detect woman carrying Group B Streptococcus (GBS).
Group B Strep is a normal bacterium found in the vagina and bowel of about one in four women in the UK. It is not harmful to the carrier and is not a sexually transmitted disease.
GBS has the potential to cause infection before pregnancy and labour, and predominantly in new born babies. In cases where Mothers are carrying GBS, babies will mostly be born safely and will not develop an infection. Rarely however, it can cause serious infection such as sepsis (infection of the blood), pneumonia (infection in the lungs) or meningitis (infection of the fluid and lining around the brain). From the first week after birth, babies can develop early on-set GBS, and the risk of your baby becoming unwell will increase if your baby is born preterm,
On average in the UK, every month:
The result of a GBS specific test, is always beneficial whether positive or negative. If it detects an absence of group B Strep, this is a good outcome. However, if it does detect GBS, this is also beneficial as the risk has been identified.
- 43 babies develop early-onset GBS infection.
- 38 babies make a full recovery.
- 3 babies survive with long-term physical or mental disabilities.
- 2 babies die from their early-onset GBS infection.
A regime that has been proven to be hugely effective at minimising the risk can then be undertaken - and although the baby has a raised risk of developing GBS infection - and become very unwell - with prompt treatment most babies will recover fully.
Group B Streptococcus is the most common cause of life-threatening infections in newborn babies in the UK.This kit contains everything you need to test for GBS and help safeguard your baby's health during pregnancy.
Test samples (2 x STM Orange/Blue swab for culture - swab in transport medium ) will take 3 - 4 days to be analysed and deliver the results
The Doctors Laboratory (TDL) is a medically-led laboratory, established in 1987. It is the largest independent provider of clinical laboratory diagnostic services in the UK. They provide customers with the laboratory information required for diagnosis and treatment of medical disorders.