NHS staff guidance for Ramadan

14 July 2014

Issues to take into account during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan include communications, clinical assessments and interventions for people who may be fasting, and the needs of Muslim NHS staff.

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began on the evening of June 28th and will end on July 27. As well as being one of the focal points of the Muslim year, Ramadan is intended to make those who fast conscious of others. Through not eating, people are encouraged to think of the less fortunate who are often without food. During this time many Muslims will consider it an obligatory duty to abstain completely from food and drink from dawn to dusk.

Those exempt from fasting include pregnant and menstruating women, lactating women who have concerns about their own or their child’s health, children, older people, the infirm, those who are ill and persons travelling long distances. However, in many cases, exempted persons and other people who may be vulnerable such as diabetics and older people may want to fast.

To read more detailed guidance for staff on issues to consider when working with patients and public during this time, please see NEED library document here.


Updated: 15 July 2014