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Posted 17 March 2017
by Stuart Bramley

Tozers Solicitors Proudly Sponsor Group B Strep Support



Our firm is delighted to continue our long term backing of Group B Strep Support and to be part of the select legal panel for this leading charity and pressure group.

Group B Strep is currently the UK’s most common cause of severe bacterial infection in newborn babies, as well as of meningitis in babies under 3 months. UK statistics reveal that on average one new born baby a day is affected by Group B Strep, yet despite these alarming figures the NHS are yet to roll out a national screening programme to quash this.

Countries such as Germany and Spain already routinely test for Group B Strep via a GBS-specific ECM (enriched culture medium) test. It is thought that this test could prevent around 80% of GBS cases due to it identifying mothers who are at risk and in turn preparing for the appropriate antibiotics to be accessible to them during their labour.

The charity Group B Strep Support is unique in its aim to strive towards eradicating group B Strep infections, including meningitis, in babies. This is a cause which our firm is very much behind:

Stuart Bramley, Partner and head of Tozers’ GBSS Claims Team, notes – “Having had close links with GBS Support since 2007 and having dealt with over 20 Strep B claims and inquests in that time I am delighted we can play an active part in the corporate sponsorship initiative. GBSS are to be congratulated for their tireless efforts in alerting both the public and health professionals to this devastating infection.  My colleagues and I have seen at first hand the consequences of not recognising the early signs of sepsis and the toll of babies left permanently injured, or who do not survive and we hope that better public awareness will help to reduce the number of babies affected by GBS. We wholeheartedly support the charity’s continuing efforts to facilitate national screening and wish GBSS every success in this campaign.”

Families will find a wide range of information and resources on the GBSS website. There is also a helpline number, a petition you can sign, personal accounts to read and answers to frequently asked questions. The charity’s website also links to other professionals who deal with Group B Strep in order to provide their beneficiaries with a wider support network. The Chief Executive of the charity, Jane Plumb, MBE recently spoke about the charity’s long-term relationship with our firm:

“We are delighted to partner with Tozers, who have dealt with many group B Strep cases over many years. Having been in touch with Stuart Bramley since 2007, we know he and his team are passionate about ensuring families get the best possible care and advice.”

She added: “By partnering with Tozers, we can provide information and support to families and their health professionals. We rely on partnerships like these to continue our vital work, and this new partnership will enable us to reach many more of the 800,000 families who have babies each year.”

If you have been affected by Group B Strep and would like some legal advice on this matter you can speak to our specialist medical negligence team on: 01392 207020 or by email: enquiries@tozers.co.uk

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Stuart Bramley

Partner

Partner and solicitor with over 20 years' experience of medical claims and inquests