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LloydsPharmacy has introduced a guide for its pharmacy teams on how to advise patients with diabetes to fast safely if they are observing Ramadan.

The toolkit contains information on:

  • the risks of fasting;
  • staying safe whilst fasting;
  • advice on when diabetics should not fast;
  • managing hypos;
  • generally staying healthy during Ramadan with lifestyle tips.

It has been developed in conjunction with healthcare experts from the South Asian Foundation and endorsed by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Muslim Council of Britain. 

Dr Mahendra Patel, an academic pharmacist and RPS board member, was one of those involved in its development. “The holy month of Ramadan is upon us, and for Muslims this involves 29 days of extensive fasting. It is crucial that we as pharmacists provide adequate support to ensure safe fasting, especially for those with diabetes (as well as other health conditions),” he said.

“Pharmacists play a vital role in the day-to-day management of long-term conditions. I therefore believe that the toolkit will be invaluable in supporting LloydsPharmacy teams throughout the UK, and from all backgrounds, to be better equipped in managing diabetes more effectively and with greater confidence.”

Deep Patel, LloydsPharmacy NHS excellence manager, added: “If an individual is advised by their medical practitioner that fasting would be potentially detrimental to their health, then according to Islamic Law for Muslims their religious authorities and scholars would advocate that the individual should not fast. 

“However, some people choose to fast regardless and we wanted to make it clear to our teams that their patients should feel supported in their choice and that their choice is respected by us.”

Link:
LloydsPharmacy announcement            

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