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Avera St. Anthony's Hospital

300 N. 2nd Street
O'Neill, Nebraska 68763

Blood Bank


If you have questions about blood donation or your eligibility to donate call 1-800-798-4208.

It’s achievement.  It’s service.  It’s community.  It’s Being a Blood Donor!

O'Neill Community Blood Drive
LifeServe Blood Center


Blood Drives every 4th Monday at Avera St. Anthony’s!
Walk-ins Welcome!

Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital, Bus
300 N. 2nd Street


Schedule your appointment online at
or call (800) 287-4903

How to Prepare

Please bring a valid form of identification, such as your donor ID card or driver’s license.
Please eat prior to donation!

Did you know?

  • More than four million Americans would die every year without life-saving blood transfusions.
  • About 60% of Americans are eligible to donate blood, but only 5% do.
  • To be eligible to donate you must be at least 17 years old, weight 100 pounds, in general good health, and not have donated whole blood in the past 56 days.

Am I eligible to donate blood?



Acne Meds

Accutane defers a donor for 30 days after the last dose.


Permanently disqualified.


OK to donate.  Medication or Shots OK.

Most Antibiotics

The Donor will be accepted 24 hours after completion of therapy.

Blood Pressure

Must be within acceptable limits.  Most medications are acceptable, but must be reviewed by SBB staff.


Melanoma, leukemia, lymphoma are permanent deferrals.  All other forms of cancer are deferred for 5 years.  (Basal Cell Skin Cancer no deferral).


All diabetics, if well controlled by oral medication or insulin, are allowed to donate.

Heart Disease

Chest pain - the donor will be evaluated by collection staff.
Mitral Valve - the donor is eligible if symptom-free.
Heart Cath - the donor is deferred for 6 months.
Angioplasty - the donor is deferred for 12 months.
Cardio Vascular Surgery - an open heart patient is deferred for 18 months.

Viral Hepatitis

(Or Yellow Jaundice) OK if before age 11.  If after 11th birthday, the donor will be permanently deferred.

Hepatitis Exposure

The donor exposed to hepatitis, and is symptom-free for 12 months will be accepted.


If the donor has traveled in a malaria area, the donor will be deferred for 12 months.


Aspirin, birth control bills, antihistamines and thyroid medications will not disqualify the donor.  Most medications are not a problem.  Our staff will need to document the exact name of your medications on your donor card each time you donate.


OK to donate.  The donor should use her own discretion.


The donor will be accepted 6 weeks after delivery, miscarriage, or abortion.


The donor needs to wait one year after they have received a tattoo.


Hepatitis - 1 day wait.
Chicken Pox - 2 week wait.
MMR - 4 week wait.
Flu Shot - No wait.
Oral Polio - 2 week wait.

Deferrals for Athletic Activities

Some athletes may need to be deferred on the day of a competition


Any age donor may donate the same day as a golf game.


Any age donor by donate the same day as a tennis match.


Defer the day of the meet or game unless it is six hours prior to the event.


Defer the day of the meet or game unless it is six hours prior to the event


Accept all adult recreational runners.


Defer the day of the competition.


Defer the day of the competition.


Defer the day of the competition.