(BOSTON, MA) Partners Urgent Care (http://partnersurgentcare.org) today announced the opening of two new Boston-area urgent care centers in the communities of Newton and Watertown. Located at 71 Needham Street in Newton Highlands and 11 Mount Auburn Street in Watertown, they bring the total number of Partners Urgent Care locations to three. The first Partners Urgent Care location in Brookline opened in August. Partners Urgent Care is a collaboration between Partners HealthCare, an integrated health care system founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and MedSpring Urgent Care.

“Partners Urgent Care offers a new resource to patients in Eastern Massachusetts who seek convenient and affordable care close to home or work, seven days a week,” said Gregg S. Meyer, MD, MSc, Chief Clinical Officer at Partners HealthCare. “These centers offer our community an affordable, high-quality health care alternative to an emergency room.”

Partners Urgent Care in Newton and Watertown provide convenient and affordable medical care to adults and children over 1 year old. The center has physicians on-site from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day including weekends and holidays. Providers are able to treat a wide range of illnesses and injuries from coughs and colds to cuts and broken bones. Both centers are equipped with digital x-ray and on-site lab capabilities in addition to occupational health services. Comfortable amenities such as free Wi-Fi, snacks and beverages, children’s activities and in-room televisions are also offered.

Walk-ins are welcome and same-day appointments are available. Patients covered by most commercial and public insurance plans can be seen at any Partners Urgent Care location. The center is open to everyone and it is not necessary to be an existing patient of Partners HealthCare.

Patients who have visited the Brookline center since it opened last August have consistently rated the center 4.8 out of 5 stars for the quality of care they have received. The centers at Newton and Watertown will offer the same consistent care and amenities.

All Partners Urgent Care locations are staffed by physicians and operated under the clinical and quality oversight of Partners HealthCare, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and MedSpring, assuring the highest quality of care. Patients who require follow-up care can be assisted with access to the Partners HealthCare system, or referred back to their primary care physician, another health practice or community health center, if requested.

For non-life threatening conditions, urgent care centers offer a cost-effective and time-saving alternative to the emergency department. Co-pays are consistent with that of a routine office visit. For conditions threatening a patient’s life, limb or vision, an emergency department is the most appropriate setting for care.