The Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins on Monday, and signals the start of a period when many Muslims will be fasting from dawn to dusk. It includes tips on interacting with patients who may be observing Ramadan, as well as reminding managers about any specific considerations with Muslim colleagues during this holy time.
Our Ramadan 2021 guidance supports staff to provide the right care for Muslim patients during this fasting period and Islamic holy month. It includes helpful information on how clinicians can discuss medical interventions which may or may not break the fast for Muslim patients.
The information contains examples of practices which would break the fast and which therefore need to be discussed with the patient. It also highlights many common NWAS interventions which would not break it. There is also a reminder that anyone who has COVID-19 does not need to observe Ramadan strictly, as daily fasting is not compulsory or advisable for anyone with a medical condition.
As well as being one of the focal points of the Muslim year, one of the goals of the month is to make those who fast more conscious of others. Through not eating, people are encouraged to think of the less fortunate who are often without food.
Ged Blezard, Director of Operations, said, “NWAS covers some of the most diverse areas in the UK, and Ramadan is an important event in our calendar. We are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse place of work that is better for patient care, and this guidance is part of that strategy.”
Anyone who would like a copy of the guidance can request one by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org