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During Ramadan

The Islamic month of fasting or Ramadan is starting this year from Saturday 27 May, subject to the sighting of the new moon, and will run for 30 days.

Ramadan is one of the most holy months in the Islamic calendar. People of this religion observe it as a very special month of spiritual reflection and regeneration.

What is Fasting?

During Ramadan, adult Muslims are required to fast so they must refrain from eating and drinking anything from dawn to sunset. The belief behind is to feel for the people who are suffering from hunger and also to feel God and pray for repentance and his mercy. People of Muslim faith also tend to donate to charity a lot in this month.

This year, fasting will commence at around 2.55am on 27 May, and will last around 19 hours a day from dawn to dusk. Fasting will end at sunset – the exact times change as the month progresses

Staying healthy in Ramadan 

Detailed information for Muslims on how to stay healthy during Ramadan, including advice on attending hospital appointments and taking medication is available in the ‘Your health’ section of our website. 

Useful contacts

Muslim Chaplaincy Service

St Bartholomew's Hospital Muslim Chaplain: 020 3465 7220
Newham and Whipps Cross University Hospital Muslim Chaplain: 020 7363 8053
The Royal London Hospital Muslim Chaplain: 020 3594 2070

Diabetes Services

Mile End Hospital: 0208 223 8609 or 0208 223 8744
Newham: 020 8586 5200
Whipps Cross Hospital: 020 8539 5522 EXT: 5706

Smoking Quit Line

Barts Health is a smoke-free Trust providing free help and support to stop smoking, for patients, the local community and staff.      

For advice and support, speak to a member of staff at our hospitals
who will be happy to refer you to specialist stop smoking support.

Mile End, St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London Hospital
Freephone: 0800 169 1943 Tel: 020 7882 8230

Whipps Cross University Hospital
Freephone: 0800 032 0102 Tel: 020 3032 0102

For more information about how top stop smoking go to the smoking pages on our website.

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Useful information

Faith in Health

Diabetes in Tower Hamlets 

Diabetes and
Ramadan discussion

Part one, Part two
Part three, Part four


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