Group B Streptococcus (GBS, Group B Strep or Strep B) is the most common cause of severe infection in new-born babies, and of meningitis in babies under 3 months.
On average in the UK:
2 babies a day develop Group B Strep infection
1 baby a week dies from Group B Strep infection
1 baby a week survives Group B Strep infection with a long term disability
In the UK, pregnant women are not offered testing routinely for Strep B pregnancy, unlike many other countries. GBS is carried by up to a third of adults with no symptoms or side effects.
This test is available at Virgin Care Private. Our ECM (Enriched Culture Medium) test is not widely available in the NHS. The ECM test follows the Public Health England’s guidelines for ECM testing.
If you want to find out whether you carry Group B Strep so preventative action can be taken to minimise the chance of your new-born baby developing Group B Strep infection then give us a call and one of our client advisors will organise a convenient time for you to be tested.
The test is normally performed at 35 weeks of pregnancy. You should be offered intravenous antibiotics from the start of your labour regularly until your baby is born.
This test can be performed in a £55 GP consultation for a full consultation and follow up.
We are DDA compliant, with wheelchair access to the building and a consulting room and disabled toilet on the ground floor. We are currently having a ramp built to allow easy wheelchair access. In the meantime we are using something called a ‘stair climber’ so wheelchair users can access the building while the works are being completed. Our client advisors will be able to assist with any other requirements you may have.
Anyone can use our clinic alongside their NHS GP if they wish to. We take your privacy extremely seriously and will only use your personal information to administer your account and to provide the services you have requested from us.
We have both male and female doctors as part of our team and we will always do our best to accommodate your request for a preferred doctor. You can select an appointment with your choice of doctor online.
We don’t take a payment upfront for our GP services. We always request that you tell us as soon as possible if you can’t attend an appointment. We do take a payment upfront for our consultant appointments and that can be done at the time of booking. We’ll be more than happy to cancel or re-schedule any consultant appointments for free up to 24 hours before your appointment. If your appointment is less than 24 hours away, our policy is that we ask for 50% of your total booking fee as a late cancellation fee. If you feel you may be late for your appointment, please contact us on 0300 247 0121 and we will do what we can to help you.
Your doctor may feel that further tests, for example blood tests, are needed in order to confirm any diagnosis. Please bear in mind that you will need need to pay for these additional tests yourself, but whether you decide to go ahead with these is up to you. You should always feel your doctor has given you enough information to help you make an informed decision about any of the options for additional services they might go through with you.
Currently unless you are a non-UK resident we are unable to directly accept any PMI or private health insurance. In some cases for non-UK residents your international health insurance may mean that you can use Virgin Care Private as part of your policy. Please check with your insurer. Any additional tests that your doctor may feel are necessary may also be available through the NHS. If you are interested in this please ask the doctor or consultant to advise. Unfortunately most UK-based private health insurance schemes do not cover primary care (such as private GP consultations), though some insurance companies require specialist referrals to be made by a GP (private or NHS) before they will cover the cost. Some policies cover the cost of laboratory tests. We are not able to liaise with insurance companies directly, and you will therefore need to pay for your treatment as a private patient. We will provide you with an itemised invoice to assist you in reclaiming any payments your insurance company may be able to cover.