Publish date: 12 March 2024

Ramadan began on Sunday 10 March and will end on Tuesday 9 April 2024, followed by the celebration of Eid Al-Fitr.

Ramadan is a time of self-reflection and fasting is an important part of this. During the month, Muslim’s abstain from eating, drinking, and smoking between dawn and sunset. The meal that they break their fast with after sunset is called Iftar.

We understand that due to the timings of Iftar, it can be challenging for those who are fasting to visit loved ones in hospital, during our usual visiting hours.

So, to support with this, we are extending our visiting hours to 10pm this Ramadan.

These hours will apply to all visitors at the Queen Alexandra Hospital site, starting from Wednesday 13 March until Wednesday 10 April.

Our guidance around not visiting if you have any respiratory symptoms such as a cough or high temperature, or norovirus symptoms including vomiting and diarrhoea remains in place. If you have any questions, please speak to the ward team.

We are also supporting our staff who are observing Ramadan and they are advised to speak to their line managers for any additional support required.

If you would like to find out more information about staying healthy during Ramadan, there are some useful links below: