PITTSFIELD >> Berkshire Health Systems is expanding the hours of BHS Urgent Care, which provides treatment of minor illness and injury without a visit to a hospital's emergency department.

Located at 505 East St. in St. Luke's Square, BHS Urgent Care will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week starting on Sunday. The original hours were 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The hours have been expanded in the morning due to community needs. according to BHS. In recent months, BHS Urgent Care had regularly experienced lines of patients waiting to be seen when the facility opened at 10 a.m. The expansion of hours is designed to improve access to care and to help shorten wait times throughout the day.

"Our Urgent Care services are provided by emergency medicine providers from the BMC Emergency Department, experienced specialists with expertise in the treatment of all manner of minor injuries and illnesses," said Doctor Ronald Hayden, BMC's Chairman of Emergency Medicine.

BHS also operates Walk-In Care facilities in Pittsfield at Market 32 on Hubbard Avenue and inside Williamstown Medical Associates on Adams Road in Williamstown. Those facilities are both open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.