This is an updated guideline from NICE published in April 2021, first published in 2012.
There isn’t really anything new in this guideline for GPs – a lot of it is aimed at secondary care – but the bits relevant to us relate to Group B strep infection, risk factors for infection, and recognising an unwell newborn.
What kind of group B strep matters for newborns?
- Colonisation (eg if it is found on an HVS, but isn’t thought to be causing symptoms).
- Infection of any kind.
Do we need to be extra cautious in a baby who has been treated for group B strep?
Yes – there is a risk of recurrence in the baby.