Group B Strep - FAQ’s

How do I get a free test kit?
Simply click here and enter your details.
How long will my kit take to arrive?
Test kits are dispatched directly from our laboratory by First Class post.  Orders received before 2pm (working days) will be dispatched the same day.
What if my kit hasn’t arrived?
If your kit has not arrived in three working days, call the laboratory on 0207-307-7373 and ask for orders.
What is in the Group B Strep Test Kit?
Inside the test kit there are two swabs, instructions for taking the swabs, a sample taking instruction sheet, and a payment form, which you complete and return at the time of sending your swabs to the laboratory.
Can I do the test myself?
Detailed instructions about using the swabs are in the test kit and most women prefer to take the swabs themselves. You could get your midwife or GP to take them, however your GP may charge for this.
When should I do the Group B Strep test?
The recommended time is between  35 – 37 weeks.
How much does it cost and how do I pay?
The kit is free and the cost of the test is £35, you send payment to the lab with your swabs and details of how to do this will be in the kit.
How long does it take to get my results?
The results will be available within 3 working days of receipt of swabs. You will see on the return form that there is an option to receive your result by text message. The results are also sent in the post to both you and your medical professional (if you have indicated the details of your medical professional).
What happens if my test is positive?
Inform your midwife/ consultant so this can be noted on your records. If GBS is POSITIVE during your pregnancy this means that intravenous (not oral) antibiotics should be offered from the onset of labour or waters breaking, and then 4-Hourly until delivery.
What laboratory do you send my swabs to?
The Doctors Laboratory (TDL) - It is the largest independent provider of clinical laboratory diagnostic services in the UK. They provide customers with the laboratory information for diagnosis and treatment of medical disorders.
How Reliable is the ‘Gold Standard’ ECM test?
The ECM test, is recognised as the ‘gold standard’ for detecting GBS.

For more detailed information on the reliability of ECM testing please visit:

This is the website for the Group B Strep Support, they are the only UK charity dedicated to eradicating Group B Strep infections and have all the up to date research in this area.

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