Strepelle Group B Strep Test
Strepelle Group B Strep Test
This product is typically dispatched within 1-3 working days from date of order when using our standard delivery or 48 Hour Tracked and Signed service.
Weight: 100g (includes packaging)
What is Group B Streptococcus?
Group B Streptococcus, also known as Group B Strep and GBS, is a natural bacterium found in 20 -30% of men and women. Although Group B Strep carriage is not harmful to the mother it can pass to the baby around child birth, this could cause serious complications as GBS is the leading cause of Sepsis and Meningitis in new-born babies.
In the UK around 1 in 4 pregnant women carry GBS in their digestive system or vagina. However, in the UK routine antenatal testing is not currently offered by the NHS (many other developed countries do screen all pregnancies) so Strepelle has been developed to address this issue by giving mums-to-be the opportunity and the choice to protect their babies during pregnancy.
What do my test results mean?
If detected before going into labor Group B Strep can easily be treated with intravenous (IV) antibiotics. It’s therefore important and recommended to get tested from 35 weeks onwards. Research has shown that when the ECM test is performed in the last 5 weeks of pregnancy it can give a high prediction whether GBS will be present at birth.
Whatever the test result, it’s good news – if negative for GBS carriage, that’s great; if positive, that’s also a good thing as it allows you to contact your healthcare professional and make them aware that you are Group B Strep positive which will allow them to provide you with effective treatment once you go into labor to keep your baby safe.
Carefully read through these instructions before use.
There are two swabs/collection tubes included in this test kit. They are identical and not specific to either vagina or rectum.
The swabs are sterile, please ensure you do not touch the soft end of the swab with your fingers or let it come into contact with any other surfaces (sinks, bedside tables, bed covers, towels etc).
We advise that you collect your samples at a suitable time for posting back to us on Monday to Thursday. This is to avoid sample strength deterioration in the postal system over the weekend.
Wash your hands prior to collecting a sample.
SWAB 1 – VAGINAL SWAB:
Take the first of the identical swab packets and peel it open from the top as indicated. Remove the collection tube from the packet and place it to one side in an upright position. Note: The collection tube contains a transport gel – DO NOT EMPTY
Remove the swab from the opened packet. Note: Please ensure that you do not touch the soft end of the swab with your fingers as it must remain sterile.
Before using the sterile swab, hold it at the 5cm position from the tip. Whilst measuring the position of the swab keep it a few centimetres above the surface of the diagram so that it does not touch the paper. Holding the swab at this point will ensure that you do not insert the swab more than 5cm into the vagina. Note: Please ensure that you do not touch the soft end of the swab with your fingers or the paper of the instructions as the swab must remain sterile.
Ensuring that you do not touch the soft end of the swab with your fingers, carefully insert it into the vagina. Gently move the swab in a circular motion around the lower vagina for 5-10 seconds.
Carefully withdraw the swab from the vagina. Slide the swab into the sample collection tube containing the transport gel. Push the cap down firmly to ensure the collection tube is securely sealed.
Peel off one of the Unique Reference Number self-adhesive labels from the top of the Test Order Form. Stick the label onto the first collection tube sample that you have just taken.
SWAB 2 – RECTAL SWAB:
Peel open the second swab packet and remove the collection tube. Place it to one side in an upright position. Then remove the swab. Note: Please ensure that you do not touch the soft end of the swab with your fingers as it must remain sterile.
Ensuring that you do not touch the soft end of the swab with your fingers, insert it into the anus by no more than 1 - 2cm. Leave the swab in place for 3-5 seconds. Carefully withdraw the swab from the anus.
Slide the swab into the sample collection tube containing the transport gel. Push the cap down firmly to ensure the collection tube is securely sealed.
Peel off the remaining Unique Reference Number label from the top of the Test Order Form and stick it onto your second sample collection tube.
COMPLETE ORDER FORM:
Complete the enclosed Test Order Form with your details. On the Test Order Form there is a Unique Reference Number that identifies your sample. Retain the tear-off top section of the Test Order Form to keep a record of this.
ENCLOSE RETURN ITEMS:
Insert the following into the freepost return envelope:
a) Vaginal swab sample
b) Rectal swab sample
c) Completed Test Order Form (folded)
Note: Please ensure your Unique Reference Number labels are on your collection tubes.
SEND SAMPLES BACK TO THE ADDRESS ON THE ENVELOPE:
Seal the bag and post it back to the address on the envelope
ADVISORY: Post your samples on the day that you collect them. We advise that you collect your samples at a suitable time for posting back to us on Monday to Thursday. This is to avoid sample strength deterioration in the postal system over the weekend.
You will receive your results within 7 working days via the delivery method selected on the Test Order Form.
If your test result is positive you should contact your healthcare professional as soon as possible to ensure that treatment is prescribed in time to protect your baby.
This test is recommended for pregnancies after 35 weeks.
Use by the expiry date on the box.
If you have any concerns about your pregnancy you should seek medical advice from your doctor or midwife.
This test is not intended to replace medical advice.