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Ramadan 2020 - COVID-19, Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr

Thursday, 23 April 2020 marks the start of Ramadan, whereby some of our Muslim colleagues may observe fasting until 23 May 2020, Eid-ul-Fitr.

Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr this year will occur during the expected peak of the COVID-19 outbreak, therefore additional support mechanisms are available for staff along with advice for line managers, colleagues and supervisors.

In addition to areas that may be identified locally, the Trust has a number of areas that are available to support prayers, with prayer mats available:

  • Hospital chapels at APH and CGH
  • Prayer room opposite D Block, APH (access code available from Chaplaincy & spiritual care team)
  • Wellbeing hub, Library, APH
  • Micropath, Bromborough (prayer mat and quiet space available via senior colleagues)

Social distancing guidelines must continue to be observed during these times and patience given to areas where space is limited.

Where staff are required to wear PPE due to the current COVID-19 requirements, additional information and support has been provided by a collection of Imams, professionals and scholars so as to ensure both physical and spiritual wellbeing are observed.

Further information on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr can be found via the following:

https://people.nhs.uk/guides/covid-19-and-ramadan/ 

The NHS Muslim Network and the British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) would like to share some top tips in supporting NHS staff and colleagues throughout the month of Ramadan.

https://people.nhs.uk/guides/covid-19-and-ramadan/steps/key-workplace-considerations-during-ramadan/

Despite the additional pressure on the NHS, it is essential that managers also consider these guidelines for the health and well-being of Muslim staff in a way that doesn’t negatively impact patient welfare and care. And likewise, it is advised that staff observing Ramadan have early conversations with managers to mitigate any potential risks.

For further information and support, please contact the Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Team on ext 2275. 

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