Welcoming. Experienced. Ready. Circle Health has walk-in, urgent care that's convenient and close to you. If you have an injury or illness that isn’t life-threatening but needs immediate attention, go to the most trusted urgent care center around. You’ll be treated by top physicians, with access to specialists and follow-up care at Lowell General Hospital. Get to know our amazing team.
Urgent care, or the Emergency Department?
When you have an unexpected injury or illness, is it better to go to an urgent care center or the emergency room? It’s important to understand your options.
When to go to an Urgent Care Center
Is your life in danger? If not, you don’t have to go to the Emergency Room. For a surprising number of illnesses and injuries, it’s faster and less expensive to go to an urgent care center. You can get immediate attention for allergies, rash or hives, minor eye injuries, dehydration, urinary symptoms, scrapes or lacerations, sprains or possible fractures, stings and bites, minor burns, or conditions needing X-rays or laboratory tests.
When to go to the Emergency Room
If you have medical event or accident that could cause serious harm or death, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room as quickly as possible. Typical life-threatening situations include chest pain, severe bleeding, difficulty speaking or breathing or some other major trauma. The Emergency Room is not your best choice if you have an injury or illness that a few stitches or a medication could solve.
- Allergies, rash or hives
- Dressing changes
- Minor burns
- Minor eye injuries or irritations
- Muscle aches and pains
- Routine gynecological problems
- Serious cuts and scrapes
- Severe colds, flu, bronchitis or sinus infections
- Sore throat
- Sports injuries
- Sprains and fractures
- Stings and bites
- Testing for common issues, including: strep throat, mononucleosis, pregnancy, glucose and diabetes
- Urinary tract infections
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Workplace injuries
- Physicians specializing in emergency medicine and primary care
- Coordinated follow-up with your PCP and specialists if needed
- Prescriptions for medication if needed
- Testing for such issues as strep throat, pregnancy or diabetes
- Travel medicine - consultation and vaccinations
- Occupational medicine - pre-employment physicals, vaccines, screenings, and more
Meet Our Team
Dr. Mary Lynn Joe
As the Medical Director at Circle Health Urgent Care, Dr. Joe has assembled the best team of clinicians in the area
Board certified in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Joe's clinical interests are wound management, antibiotic stewardship, and women’s health. She was inspired to become a physician by her desire to help people and be a lifelong learner. Her mother, a physician, was also a role model for her.
Dr. Joe likes to tackle challenges. “Emergency medicine helped prepare me to be able to care for any patient who comes through the door. I think that being a breast cancer survivor has helped me be a better physician. I know what it is like to be sick and scared,” says Dr. Joe.
Dr. Jerri Jensen
As a family medicine physician with a specialty in Urgent Care, Dr. Jensen has a love of families and their social relationships and was inspired to become a physician because she was "amazed and intrigued by the workings of the human body." Along with being a practicing physician, she is an avid hiker, gardener and passionate explorer.
"I love the outdoors," she says. "I'm fascinated by the role of plants in nutrition and health."
Watch Dr. Jensen’s video, and learn more about her caring approach with patients.
Dr. Chander Khatri
An aunt with leukemia, a grandfather with lung cancer. Dr. Khatri saw human suffering up close, and he wanted to do something about it. That’s why he became a physician, and chose to work at Circle Health Urgent Care.
“I like to sit down with my patients and really talk to them,” he says. “I listen, empathize and let them know they are important.”
Watch Dr. Khatri’s video, and learn more about this exceptional healer, listener and comforter.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an appointment for Urgent Care?
No, you never need an appointment at Circle Health Urgent Care, with the exception of travel medicine services. Patients are seen on a walk-in basis, or you can save time with our advance check-in online on this page.
Do I need a referral?
Some insurance companies may require a referral, so check with your provider if you have questions about your coverage.
What will I have to pay for my visit?
In most cases insurance providers will cover urgent care, but patients will be expected to pay a co-payment or deductible. While we take most insurances, it is always best to check with your insurance provider first.
What types of tests are available on site?
Circle Health Urgent Care has onsite X-ray and laboratory testing for common issues, including: strep throat, mononucleosis, influenza, pregnancy, urinalysis, and blood sugars.
How long will my visit take?
Patients are typically seen within 15-30 minutes of arrival, and visits can take as little as 30 minutes depending on symptoms and diagnosis. Most patients can complete their visit within an hour.
Since urgent care patients can walk-in to be seen at any time, occasionally patients may experience longer than the typical wait times, especially during the peak morning hours of 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., and early evening hours of 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., or weekends when most primary care offices are closed. For your convenience, we offer advance check-in at www.circle-health.org/urgentcare and make every effort to staff our clinics appropriately to keep wait times to a minimum.
Who will be treating me?
Our care team includes board-certified emergency and family practice physicians, as well as experienced physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
What if I need to see a specialist?
Backed by Lowell General Hospital and Circle Health, our care team ensures proper follow up with your primary care physician, as well as coordinating access to specialists if needed. It’s our promise of Complete connected care.
What should I bring with me?
Please bring a form of identification, a list of your medications, and your insurance card. In order for us to be able to verify your insurance coverage, we will need to see and copy your insurance card. If you are unable to bring your card, we will do our best to verify your benefits with your carrier when you arrive. Patients may also elect to pay out of pocket.
Do I have to be a patient of Lowell General Hospital or have a Circle Health physician?
No, we welcome all patients and accept most insurance plans. Please check with your insurance provider about your coverage or co-pay.
Can my children be treated at Circle Health Urgent Care?
Yes, we treat minor illnesses and injury for all age ranges - from infants over two months to adolescents to seniors.
Traveling to another country, whether you are visiting family, sightseeing or working, can be an exciting adventure. Part of planning for an international trip includes protecting your health from possible infections that could make you sick, as well as taking precautions against other problems such as traveler’s diarrhea and altitude sickness.
Please note that travel vaccines and consultations are generally not covered by insurance. The average cost for a travel consultation with vaccines is approximately $320, which typically includes the consultation fee and two of the most common vaccines that are recommended. Travel medicine services are available at our Billerica, Dracut, Tewksbury or Westford locations by BOOKING YOUR APPOINTMENT ONLINE HERE.
Before your appointment fill out our TRAVEL VACCINATION QUESTIONNAIRE ONLINE HERE.
Your questionnaire will be reviewed by a member of our Travel Medicine team. If you have not scheduled your appointment online, please schedule one now at our Billerica, Dracut, Tewksbury or Westford locations.
If you have any further questions please feel free to call Circle Health Urgent Care 978-323-2850 (Billerica), 978-459-2273 (Dracut), 978-323-5945 (Tewksbury) and 978-323-0302 (Westford).
Please bring an itinerary of your travel plans and activities, and your current immunization records.
For more information on our vaccinations and our travel medicine program, download our travel medicine brochure.
UPDATE: Due to a national shortage, we do not carry the Yellow Fever vaccine at this time.
Occupational Medicine Services are available at Circle Health Billerica, Dracut, Tewksbury and Westford, Monday – Friday from 8:00am - 4:00pm. To schedule, please call 978-458-6868.
- Pre-employment physicals
- DOT (Department of Transportation) physicals
- Drug screens
- Breath alcohol tests
- Pulmonary function testing
- Massachusetts Human Resource Department (HRD) physicals
- Medical surveillance (annual physical required by employer)
- Injury management for work-related injuries and illnesses
Circle Health Urgent Care is proud to be accredited by the Urgent Care Association of America.