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NHS gives advice for safe fasting during Ramadan

| May 20, 2014

The end of June marks the start of Ramadan. To ensure Muslims with diabetes fast in a safe manner the NHS in High Wycombe is repeating the successful advice sessions which started for the first time last year.

The sessions are run by Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and NHS Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group together with local healthcare professionals. Their aim is to raise awareness of the health issues around fasting with diabetes and ensuring that people are prepared in advance.

Run in Urdu and English the sessions are open to both men and women, they will take the form of a presentation on safe fasting and one to one consultations.

During the sessions people living with diabetes will be provided with advice on how to manage their insulin or medication during and after Ramadan.

In attendance to offer support and advice will be the community diabetes nurse specialist, a dietitian, GPs, a local pharmacist and an Imam.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, when Muslims fast during daylight hours and it is the fourth of the five pillars of Islam. It starts this year on Saturday 28th June.

The sessions are being held on the following dates and venues:

Thursday 22nd May 2014 from 11.00am to 5.00pm at The Castlefield Centre, Rutland Avenue, High Wycombe Buckinghamshire HP12 3LL.

Saturday 7th June 2014 and Saturday 5th July 2014 from 1.30pm to 5.30pm at St John Church, Desborough Avenue, High Wycombe HP11 2 PU.

Thursday 12th June 2014 (this is a drop in session for medication review) from 9.00am to 2.00pm at Oasis House George Street High Wycombe HP11 2RZ.

For more information about these sessions, please contact your GP surgery or community diabetes nurse specialist (available Monday/Wednesday/Friday) on 01494 734812.

More information on this topic is available on the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS website.

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