Charity which fights infections in newborns celebrates progress

Jane Plumb with England Rugby League player James Roby
Jane Plumb with England Rugby League player James Roby

The chief executive of a charity which aims to prevent infection in new born babies is celebrating some successes.

Jane Plumb, from Lindfield, who set up Group B Strep Support, has welcomed Rugby League star for England and St. Helen’s James Roby as the charity’s newest patron.

She also welcomed a group B Strep pilot scheme in Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow which has resulted in no cases of the bacteria spreading to infants among those who were tested and treated with antibiotics in the hospital.

The only recorded cases over a 12 month period involved babies whose mothers had not agreed to be tested.

Jane Plumb said: “The screening programme is being well received by pregnant women and by health professionals too.

“It is an important step forward in looking at ways to reduce the number of avoidable group B Strep infections in newborn babies.”