Test Kit available for £45
If your result is negative, you can be reassured that research shows the chance of developing Strep B in the next 5 weeks is very small. If your result is positive you will be given a copy of your report to present to your Midwife or medical professional, so that your labour can be managed with antibiotic therapy and provided with any extra support needed to prevent Strep B infection being passed to your baby at birth.
We understand that waiting for test results can cause additional anxieties and we wish to provide you with the best possible experience. Our customers must be fully aware of the process, procedure and care we take when providing testing kits so that written consent is obtained in a fully informed capacity and customer expectations are met.
Group Strep B is the most common reason for causing life – threatening infections including:
This affects approximately 30% of pregnant women and is passed from mum to baby during labour and can lead to life-threatening infections in both mother and baby.
This test was designed for pregnant women who are over 35 weeks pregnant, in order to detect the presence of colonisation of Group B Streptococcus in their genital region.
Screening for Group Strep B is not routinely carried out in the NHS. The rate of detection in the UK and Republic of Ireland is nearly 2.5 times higher than that of the USA and almost 1.5 times higher than the worldwide rate
Streptococcus B carriage usually (but not always) occurs in the third trimester of pregnancy and is best detected between the 35th and 37th week of pregnancy.
This timing of testing is crucial so that prophylactic antibiotics can be given to mothers via a drip, during labour so that complications can be prevented.
NO. This test can only look at the time from which the sample is analysed. However, research shows that approximately, only 4% of the women who tested negative at 35 weeks will go on to acquire Group Strep B before 42 weeks of pregnancy. Therefore 96% of women remained Strep B free until the birth of their baby.
Instruction leaflet, GBS charity information leaflet, your pathology request form and two identical swabs that are not specific to either vagina or back passage (rectum).
The test pack includes two swabs (they look like cotton buds) you need to collect one swab sample from your vagina and one from your rectum. The detection of Group B Streptococcus may be missed if only the vagina is sampled so remember to use both swabs.
Your samples are analysed by our laboratory and take approximately 2 – 3 working days following receipt at the for the results. Reports are provided to you by post, email or telephone communication, you choose this at the time you purchase your collection kit.
Absolutely NOT! Remember, this is why you took the test. Strep B Sure staff will provide you with a clinical referral letter along with a copy of any positive test result to give to your own midwife, obstetrician or GP.