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Why Use an Urgent Care versus an Emergency Room

Garrett Bomba, MD, Medical Director, ExpressCare

None of us likes getting sick or injured. We also do not like waiting or paying more than we should.

Everyone has a story about a 3 hour wait in an Emergency Department waiting room or about that $2,200 bill from the hospital after being seen for back pain.

Urgent Care was born out of these issues.

Urgent Care Many conditions seen within emergency departments are not life threatening and do not require most of the sophisticated equipment and facilities offered there. Whether you have back pain or a broken bone, a sore throat or a cough, ExpressCare urgent care is always a great option.

With an average wait time of 15 minutes in the waiting room, Pentucket’s urgent care system can evaluate, diagnose, and treat many common conditions* and have you on your way in less than an hour.

Speed up your visit time by signing into our waiting room online and we will hold a spot for you. We also charge only an office level visit so no $100 co pays! Staffed with a professional team that has access to lab, x-ray, CAT scan, MRI, and ultrasound makes it easy for us to make the right diagnosis.

So if you ever have a medical issue that is not life threatening**, please visit Pentucket ExpressCare and start getting well faster.

To schedule an appointment

Call: (978) 557-8800 ( Riverwalk/Lawrence) or (978) 783-5000 (Andover)
Online: Book your appointment online

*Common Conditions Evaluated

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Ear pain
  • Cough/cold
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Blood in urine
  • Sprains and strains
  • Falls, minor motor vehicle crashes, sport related injuries
  • Broken bones
  • back and neck pain
  • laceration
  • nosebleeds
  • eye infections
  • allergies
  • dental pain
  • rashes and skin infections
  • asthma and copd

**Medical emergencies would include:

Chest pain/ Shortness of Breath/ Abdominal pain/Uncontrolled bleeding/ Psychiatric issues/ Children less than 3 months old with fever over 100.4

Stroke-like symptoms include:

Weakness / numbness / confusion/ Difficulty with speech vision or balance/Severe headache