Haxby Group – Ramadan advice for patients
16th March 2023 - 9:38 AM
We want all our patients and staff to stay healthy during Ramadan. In 2023, Ramadan will take place between the evening of March 22 and end on the evening of Friday, April 21, followed by the celebration of Eid Al-Fitr.
Dr Omnia Hefni, Haxby Group GP Partner, said: “As a Muslim, I know how important the practice of fasting is during Ramadan. Many people abstain from food, drink and smoking between dawn and sunset over the month. It’s also a time for self-reflection and evaluation.
“It’s really important to stay healthy during this time which means just taking note of any health conditions and ensuring you are aware how your fasting affects your health and wellbeing.”
Supporting you to have a healthy Ramadan
Do you take prescribed medicines?
Remember to continue to take prescribed medicines during Ramadan, but do check with your GP if the doses need to be adjusted or the times you take them changed.
Do you have diabetes?
If you have diabetes and want to fast you should speak to your GP or diabetes nurse about the safest way to do this. There is an exemption for people with diabetes, especially if for those on insulin or who have any medical complications.
Attending medical appointments
If you have a medical appointment booked during Ramadan, it is very important that you attend. If you need to adjust the time of your appointment, please contact the relevant healthcare organisation to do so.
It’s important to remember that there are several exemptions allowed to fasting. Those with increased risk of contracting Covid-19 should consider alternative options. These include those who are unwell due to conditions including diabetes, blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, or those who are on medication, pregnant or elderly.
What to do if you become unwell while fasting
The British Islamic Medical Association advises that if you become unwell during Ramadan, you should stop fasting and seek medical advice. You can do this by visiting 111.nhs.uk or your GP practice’s website or if you don’t have access to the internet, by calling 111 or your practice directly.
The month will end with the celebration of Eid Al-Fitr which is due to be marked on Saturday 22 April, subject to the sighting of the new moon. It’s traditionally a celebration involving meals, parties, and visiting family and friends and attending special prayers in mosques.
Advice for people with diabetes on how to stay healthy during Ramadan can be found on the Diabetes UK website. There are also factsheets available in several different languages.