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March 1, 2024

Healthcare advice for Ramadan 2024

  • Wishing everyone a happy and healthy Ramadan during the holy fasting month
  • Ramadan 2024 is expected to start on Sunday 10 March and last for 29 or 30 days
  • NHS in Bolton is sharing advice for staying healthy and well during fast

The NHS in Bolton is sharing advice for staying healthy and well during Ramadan, which is due to begin on Sunday 10 March 2024, subject to moon sighting, and last for 29 or 30 days.

Fasting during Ramadan is an important part of Islam and involves complete abstinence from food and drink from dawn to sunset, with those who observe it using the time to reflect, think of those who are less fortunate, and connect with their faith.

There are some exemptions from fasting for those who have certain medical conditions or whose health could be put at risk by fasting, including people with diabetes or pregnant women.

Dr. Rauf Munshi, Consultant in Acute Medicine at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said:

Ramadan is an important time of the year for Muslims. Fasting carries health benefits as well as spiritual benefits.

“I would encourage those observing fast to rest when they can and focus on recovering during the non-fasting hours. If you do feel unwell, the medical teams are here to help and support you to fast safely.

If you have diabetes

GPs and healthcare professionals are available to offer medical advice on managing diabetes during fast. They will be able to help you understand any risks to your health, how to reduce them, or whether the risk is too high.

Diabetes UK has lots of information on planning a fast, testing blood sugars, and making healthier food and drink choices during Ramadan.

Taking medication

Please continue to take prescribed medications during Ramadan. Your GP or local pharmacist will be able to provide advice about adjusting doses or the times you take them.

Attending appointments

It is really important you continue to attend your appointments during Ramadan. If you feel you are unable to attend, please get in touch to reschedule your appointment as early as possible.

Breaking the fast at the hospital

Through our partners, the Bolton Council of Mosques (BCOM), we have arranged for the breaking of the fast for those who may need to attend hospital. Dates, fruit and water will be located in the Faith Facilities as well as being delivered directly to wards for those who are unable to attend in person.

Faruk Ali, Muslim Chaplain at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said:

The holy month of Ramadan is a very special time for those who follow Islam as we connect with our faith.

“I would encourage people to fast safely by speaking to a healthcare professional if you have questions or concerns about your health over the next few weeks, or to speak to your Imam.

“We wish everyone a blessed, happy and healthy Ramadan.

Tyrone Roberts, Chief Nursing Officer at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said:

Staying hydrated and maintaining a balanced diet during non-fasting hours are a couple of simple ways of making sure you have a healthy fast.

“If you do feel unwell during fast please seek advice by using or by speaking to your local pharmacist or GP, and for religious guidance speak to your Imam.

“We’re sending wishes to all our patients, families and communities for a peaceful and happy Ramadan.

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