Primary Prevention

Prevention Programme

The HSE has established the Prevention Programme in General Practice in line with international best practice and research as evidence shows that regular structured reviews of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes leads to improved patient outcomes. The aim of the Prevention Programme in General Practice is to provide:

  • an annual review with your GP and practice nurse
  • a review of your medicines
  • a plan to help you manage your risk factors
  • health promotion advice
  • appropriate medical treatment
  • referrals to support services, if needed
  • care in your community, close to your home


It is available to those who fit the following criteria:

  • Medical card holder or doctor visit card holder
  • Age 45 or older
  • Can attend the surgery
  • Has one of the following specific conditions:
    • cardiovacular risk factors such as blood pressure, raised blood sugars and raised cholesterol
    • all adults aged 18+ diagnosed with gestational diabetes or pre-eclampsia since January 1, 2023.

Patients who are eligible are entitled to a structured annual review with their GP with each visit also including a nurse consultation. We are currently inviting patients to join this programme. For more information take a look at the HSE patient booklet here.