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Doctors and nurses from SHS visit schools annually to conduct health screening of students to detect he​alth conditions common among the school-going population. The dates for these screening sessions are scheduled to minimise disruption to lessons.

The table below shows a summary of the types of screening provided for primary school children:

Educational Level

Type of Screening Activity

Primary 1

  • Vision screening (Eyesight test)
  • 3D vision screening
  • Growth & development assessment
  • Hearing screening
  • Medical check-up by doctor
  • Immunisation for students who missed earlier doses​

For more information, please download the SHS Guide to Health Checks and Immunisation for P1 pupilsSHS Guide to Health Checks and Immunisations for P1​ ​pupils.

Primary 2-4

  • Vision screening (Eyesight test)
  • Review of health conditions where applicable

Primary 5

  • Vision screening (Eyesight test)
  • Colour vision screening
  • Growth & development assessment
  • Spinal screening for girls only
  • Medical check-up by doctor
  • Immunisation (Tdap/Sabin)*

For more information, please down​​​​​load the ​SHS Guide to Health Checks and Immunisation for P5 pupilsSHS Guide to Health Checks and Immunisations for P5 pupils.​

​​Primary 6
  • Vision screening (Eyesight test)​​
  • Spinal screening for girls only
  • Review of health conditions where applicable

* Tdap / Sabin – Tetanus, diphtheria & acellular pertussis / oral Poliomyelitis vaccine

Types of Screening

Vision screening

Good vision is very important for your child who is learning and growing. Visual problems should therefore be corrected early so that these will not hinder your child's learning ability.

School children are screened for myopia (shortsightedness) every year. Your child will be required to read off a chart, from a pre-determined distance to check his eyesight.

If your child is in primary 1 and the results show that he may be short-sighted, he will be referred to Health Promotion Board‘s Refraction Clinics for further assessment.

If your child is in Primary 2 - 6 he will be given a letter to see an optometrist.​​​​

Otherwise, for children with acceptable levels of vision ​(visual acu​ity)​, an Advisory on the Vision (Eyesight) test​ will be issued to you via your child for future ​reference. ​

3D Vision screening

This test is done to find out if your child has normal three dimensional (3D) vision. Special patterned plates are shown to him. If he is unable to pick out the right images, he may be suffering from a squint or other eye conditions. He will be referred to the Student Health Centre at the Health Promotion Board for further assessment.

Growth and development assessment

The height and weight of your child will be checked to see if he is growing well. Growth charts are used to compare his height and weight with those of other children of the same age. If his growth rate is not within the normal range, he will be referred to the Student Health Centre for further assessment.

Hearing screening

Some children who have difficulties with schoolwork may actually have hearing problems that affect their studies. If detected and treated early, their learning ability can be improved.

Your child will be asked to put on earphones and have his hearing tested with an audiometer. He will be asked to indicate on a chart when he hears a sound in each ear. If he cannot hear all or some of the sounds, he will be referred to the Student Health Centre for further assessment.

For children with normal levels of hearing, an Advisory on the hearing test​ will be issued to you via your child for future reference. 

Spinal screening

Spinal screening is done to check for abnormal curvature of the backbone. This screening is for the Primary 5 and 6 girls only as this condition is more common in girls at this age. 

Your child will be asked to bend forward so that the doctor or nurse can examine the back. If a "hump" is detected, your child will be referred to the Student Health Centre for further evaluation.

Medical check-up by the doctor

Health conditions checked by the doctor include:

  • Heart defects

  • Slow growth

  • Squint (and other eye conditions)

  • Other developmental problems

Review of health conditions where applicable

It is important that you inform the SHS Team of any health problems your child might have and for their relevant health records to be updated electronically into the computer system.

As the health check-up provides screening for specific conditions only, please seek medical attention if you have doubts of your child's wellbeing.


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