Senior center to host blood draw

LUSK - Niobrara Senior Center and Wyoming Health Fairs (WHF) will be holding a community blood draw on Thursday, May 18 from 6:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. at the Senior Center.  Appointments may be made online at or by calling 800-979-3711.  Walk ins are welcome as well. Some of the tests available are:

Blood Chemistry Panel which includes screening for heart, kidney and liver functions, with lipid panel, total cholesterol, HDL (good, LDL (bad) and triglycerides.  Also screens electrolyte levels, protein, iron, fasting glucose and TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), uric acid and carbon dioxide.  This is a full 33 level screening.

Hemogram (CBC) with Differential which is a complete blood count of read and white blood cells, platelet levels, hemoglobin and hematocrit.  Checks for anemia, infections and other blood disorders.  Shows size of red blood cells and hemoglobin concentration.

Hemoglobin A1C which is a screening that reflects average blood sugar levels for the past two or three months.  It is recommended for diabetics or those with a family history of high blood sugar. 

PSA Screening for Men the PSA (prostate specific antigen) screening is one tool used to screen for prostate abnormalities.  Recommended for men at age 50.  However, if there is a family history of prostate cancer, it is recommended at age 40.

Vitamin Screenings include Vitamin D, 25 Hydroxy which screens for deficiency or toxicity, Vitamin B12 with Folate which detects B12 and folate nutrient levels necessary for normal red blood cell and white blood cell formation and repair of tissues and cells.

Thyroid Screenings available in addition to the TSH included in the Blood Chemistry Panel are Thyroid Panel 1, Thyroid Panel 2, Reverse T3, and Thyroid Antibodies.

Several additional screenings will also be available including SAR-CoV-2 Antibody, Blood Type, both Men’s and Women’s Testosterone, Rheumatoid Arthritis Expanded Panel, C-Reactive Protein, Ferritin, Hepatitis C Antibody and Celiac Screening.

Consult with your medical provider regarding which tests are right for you.  Fasting for twelve (12) hours prior to the blood draw, unless you are Diabetic is recommended.  Be sure to drink plenty of water and take medications as usual prior to the draw.  Results will typically be available within 3-5 business days and mailed within 7-10 business days.