In the latest NHS dentistry and oral health update, Sara Hurley, chief dental officer for England, and Ali Sparke, director for dentistry, community pharmacy, optometry and the NHS standard contract, shared some insight and guidance relating to both staff and patients celebrating Ramadan. They explain, “Ramadan has begun and many of our colleagues and patients will mark this holy month of fasting with introspection and prayer. Fasting plays an important role in many major religions and is a central feature in all the Abrahamic faiths. In Islam, adult Muslims who are able, are required to fast during the month of Ramadan. Ramadan lasts for 29 - 30 days and ends with the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr, which is likely to be on Sunday 1 May.
“The NHS Muslim network has developed this guide with specific advice to support managers and colleagues across the NHS to be aware of key advice relating to Muslim colleagues who may be fasting during the month of Ramadan. The British Islamic Medical Association have produced some evidence-based clinical guidance on managing patients with chronic conditions in Ramadan.
“The Covid-19 vaccination Ramadan toolkit has also been updated. It includes advice, resources, and links for further information to help build confidence, reduce barriers to access, and support uptake of COVID-19 vaccination among the Muslim community during the month of Ramadan. Additional resources, including translated materials, are available from the Vaccine Equalities Connect and Exchange Hub”