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.

If you'd like to see our range of other diagnostics and tests, please visit our Diagnostics and tests page.

If you'd like to book an appointment or make an enquiry, please give us a call on 0300 247 0121.

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