Advice for people with diabetes fasting for Ramadan

Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar when Muslims devote themselves to their faith and fast from sunrise to sunset. Ramadan starts on Sunday 5th May lasting until Tuesday 4th June and is obligatory for almost all Muslims.

Although certain groups are exempt for health and other reasons, some people with diabetes are keen to observe the fast, although the long daylight hours in the UK at this time of the year makes it a challenging time, even for those without medical conditions.

GP appointments at evenings, weekends and Easter bank holidays

Local residents are accessing more evening and weekend appointments with a GP, nurse or healthcare assistant at more convenient times when they call their local practice.

In the period covering April 2018 until March 2019 91% of available weekend and evening appointments were booked in Castle Point and Rochford and 85% of available weekend and evening appointments were booked in Southend. This means an extra 13,586 appointments booked at evenings and weekends in Castle Point and Rochford and an extra 12,322 appointments in Southend locality.

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