The term Group B Strep refers to a type of bacterium called streptococcal bacteria. Approximately 2 in 5 people will have it living in their body, usually in the soft tissue of the anus or vagina. Group B Strep is not problematic for most people, however, can be harmful for certain high-risk groups. There are;
- Pregnant women – Group B Strep can spread to an unborn child
- Young babies – Can become very ill if infected
- Elderly or frail adults – Especially if already unwell
If you are concerned about the risks associated with Group B Strep, it may be helpful to book in to see a Midland Health GP. Testing involves taking a vaginal or anal swab which will be sent to the laboratory for testing. A Group Strep B test is recommended routinely for women between 35 and 37 weeks of pregnancy. If the test is positive, treatment for Group B Strep will need to be written into your birthing plan. An infection requires prompt treatment of intravenous antibiotics to reduce the risk of passing it on to your unborn baby.
- Group B Step Swab Test - £40.50
- Standard GP Consultation (30 min) - £120
- Express GP Consultation (15 min) - £60
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