Sir Nicholas is patron of baby charity

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imageEAST Grinstead MP Sir Nicholas Soames has helped launch a campaign which fights life-threatening infections in new-born babies.

The campaign called “Why Guess…when you can test?” aims to make the ‘gold standard’ test for B Strep bacteria available to all expectant mothers within the NHS.

Group B Strep is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborns in the UK and is carried naturally by 20-30% of pregnant women. But can be picked up by an ECM test which means doctors no longer have to guess which women are at risk of passing the infection to their newborns.

Sir Nicholas, patron of the charity, said making the test available within the NHS will save lives.

“At present, when a health professional requests a test to detect GBS carriage in a pregnant woman, they are using a sub-standard test that will miss up to half of the woman carrying the bacteria at the time.”

September 23rd, 2015 by