Dr Atul Gupta, Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory and Lead for Asthma

Speech delivered on 6 December 2015 by Dr Damon in place of Dr Damon.

Dr Atul Gupta

Distinguished guests! Ladies and gentlemen!
It is my honor to be invited as a speaker in a charity event at this concert hall. It is a great pleasure for me to be here today. I would like to seize the opportunity to congratulate us on this outstanding fundraising campaign by the Ella Roberta Foundation.

Breathing is some things we take for granted, people often say air is free, but in reality, it is not. Some of us have paid dearly for such free air. We are here today to remember our beloved Ella by supporting the asthma research and education.

All the donations raised today will be used for promoting research and care of children with complex respiratory problems and severe asthma. The trustees have agreed to award ‘Ella Roberta Research Award’ for £1250 at the 2nd John Price conference on 14-16th of March 2016.

The annual John Price Paediatric Respiratory Conference at Kings Hospital is established to encourage the research progression in paediatric respiratory field. I on behalf of the severe asthma team, thank trustees for sponsoring the 1st Ella Roberta Research Award, dedicated to her memory via awarding the promising research.

Also the foundation has agreed to donate smart inhalers to the paediatric severe asthma department at King’s College Hospital. Smartinhaler is a  relatively new innovation in the asthma management tool for people with asthma, which is proven to significantly reduce the number of severe asthma attacks.Smartinhalers are currenty not avialiable in NHS. It helps children with asthma to rememebr to take their inhalers and it gives an early warnng signs of asthma attacks. In addition it helps doctor understanding and treating asthma better. The money will be used for the purchase of Smartinhalers, modern medical equipment and Samrtinhalers will be donated to the DrGupta’s team.

Our goal is to decrease the number of deaths in the children with asthma. To achieve this noble goal, charity has organized a concert. I am honored to thank all sponsors, organizations and private persons, who care for children with breathing difficulties.

Respiratory problems are extremely common in children. They are one of the main reasons that children go to see their doctors. The importance of these conditions is highlighted by the fact that they account for 20-35% of acute paediatric admissions and are the fifth most common cause of death in children between the age of 1 and 14 in the UK. As you are aware, there has been a steady rise in the prevalence of paediatric respiratory and allergy problems in the UK, over the last few decades. Paediatric respiratory and allergy problems have major health, social and economic implications. The UK has the highest prevalence of asthma in the world. Mortality rates for asthma are higher in the UK than in many other European countries.

The National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD): Confidential Enquiry Report (May 2014)’ highlighted the importance of better education for doctors, nurses and other professionals. To highlight the issues, the paediatric respiratory multidisciplinary team of King’s College Hospital have established this annual conference.  The inaugural two day conference was held in March 2015 and attracted over 200 delegates.

We are once again honoured to have national and international experts among the faculty. This conference provides an opportunity to bring together a diverse community of clinicians working with paediatric respiratory patients and to explore the full spectrum from prevention strategies to cures. We aim toexplore breaking research and gaps in current knowledge. We will also cover common and difficult scenarios and offer evidence-based approaches to improving management.

We are also inviting submission of poster presentations and the two best will be awarded substantial monetary prizes (£1250), which have been provided by a Ella Roberta Foundation.

Life is so beautiful. God presents us with this gift of life not to suffer from what we can have as our right. Our mutual efforts, our support – all this local community need most of all. Together, we will fulfill our duty of cherishing every human life.

In closing, I wish to thank all of you, our sponsors and donors, for your donations. Let’s go on building the bonds of friendship and goodness through cooperation and mutual respect.

Thank you all for being with us, joining us, and supporting our beginnings. Thank you all!

Dr Atul Gupta, Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Consultant