Burgess Hill Town Council has unanimously passed a motion supporting the work of Haywards Heath-based baby charity Group B Strep Support.
The motion states: “Burgess Hill Town Council supports the Group B Strep Support (GBSS) aims for every pregnant woman to be offered information and testing late in pregnancy for Group B Strep and in particular supports its ‘Why Guess When You Can Test’ campaign.”
The councillors felt that the campaign needed more publicity and that the test should be offered as routine. The Town Mayor undertook to raise this with West Sussex County Council as a County Councillor.
Group B Strep Support work to prevent life-threatening GBS infection in newborn babies by providing information and support to families concerned about GBS, and by campaigning for improvements to prevention strategies.
The motion was tabled by Burgess Hill Town Deputy Mayor, Jacqui Landriani, and supported by Councillor Kirsty Page. It was passed with unanimous support at a Town Council meeting on Monday September 14.
In particular, the motion highlighted the Council’s support for the charity’s #WhyGuess campaign, which aims to make a specific test for GBS carriage available within the NHS.
n Report and picture contributed by Group B Strep Support.