School health screening


The Health Service Executive (HSE) provides a school screening programme to check children’s health, including their hearing and eyesight. The screening is provided in public primary schools but private primary schools may also request the service.

The HSE also provides a school immunisation programme.


School health screenings are conducted by public health nurses and area medical officers who are employed by the HSE. The screenings take place in the school and the principal is told in advance so that parents can be notified. Children's hearing and vision are tested and a physical examination may be carried out.


If the screening identifies a health issue, the child can get free treatment as a public patient in the out-patient department of a hospital. Any follow-on treatment as a public patient is free of charge.

How to apply

School screening is arranged by the HSE with the school principal.

Page edited: 21 April 2020