Religion and Belief

Religion and Belief

According to the 2011 Census, 68% of the population have identified themselves as Christian and 1.2% of the population is made up of other religions.  The remainder of the population did not state anything or stated ‘no religion’.

Caring for people with different faiths

Whatever diagnosis a person might have, their spiritual needs are the same as everyone else’s, the need to have their uniqueness recognised, appreciated and valued. This booklet produced by Humber NHS Foundation Trust however goes one step further in assisting people who care for others, to recognise the significance of any existing faith practised or maintained by a service user.

Hajj and Umrah pilgrims: latest health and travel advice [9 June 2015]

Public Health England and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC ) have published latest health and travel advice for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims.  In line with the World Health Organisation, they are not currently advising any travel restrictions to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in relation to the outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Overall the risk of UK residents travelling to the Middle East contracting the virus remains very low.

Guidance on wearing face veils in the workplace [3 October 2013]

There has been growing discussion on wearing the burqa and niqab by Muslim women. NHS organisations have a duty to determine appropriate dress for staff, depending on their role and the tasks they perform. A summary of the latest guidance, from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) including examples of current NHS trusts policies and practices are available on NHS Employers equality and diversity pages.

Fasting during Ramadan

Fasting in the month of Ramadan is obligatory on all adult Muslims.  Many patients and staff will be fasting or wanting to fast in Ramadan.  It helps if NHS frontline staff are aware of and respect this important religious obligation and how such beliefs may affect the different elements of care.

Click here for information about healthy fasting

Diabetic eye screening during Ramadan

It's important to attend eye screening if you are diabetic, even during Ramadan. Eye screening is just part of managing your diabetes during Ramadan. It is a very important appointment and should not be missed.

Click here for more information about diabetic eye screening during Ramadan.