Soon it will be that time of year again when Muslims throughout the world fast for the month of Ramadan. This year Ramadan is expected to start on 18th / 19th June, with Muslims fasting for 29 or 30 days (based on the lunar calendar) before they celebrate the end of Ramadan with the Eid Al Fitr festival.
As Muslims all over the world mark the fast of Ramadan, patients and staff may need reassurance that treatments and procedures offered in hospital will not compromise the requirements of their faith.
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has produced a factsheet to help everyone involved to make informed decisions which meet their spiritual needs.
There is also a guide that has been produced by The Working Muslim in partnership with the MCB and 1st Ethical called "The Working Muslim in Ramadan" .
Communities in Action have produced a Ramadan Health Guide for NHS and DoH use.
The NHS Choices website also has some information about having a healthy Ramadan.
If you're diabetic or know someone who is and you / they plan to fast during Ramadan, Diabetes UK have got a "ramadan resouces" page you can have a look at for further information and advice. There are some video case studies on there as well as a downloadable factsheet on how to manage diabetes through Ramadan, which has been developed in partnership with the MCB. You can click on the link below to be directed to the web page.
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