A&E staff struggling to cope

Top emergency doctors from the Midlands have told ITV News Central the rise in people turning up at A&E is now so high medical staff are struggling to cope.

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Queen Elizabeth 'was closer than the children's A&E'

Fourteen-year-old Grace WIlliams burnt her hand during a science lesson at school. The school called her mother after some first aid and advised that she be brought to A&E.

Grace's mother brought her to the Queen Elizabeth A&E 'because it was closer' than the children's hospital.
Grace's mother brought her to the Queen Elizabeth A&E 'because it was closer' than the children's hospital. Credit: ITV News

Her mother, Mo, said that she brought Grace to A&E to "cover the school" in case there were further problems, although she admitted that there were other options.

"We probably could have just taken her to the pharmacy to get it sorted, but there would be waiting. I know she'll be seen here."

The Queen Elizabeth is not a children's hospital and does not have a paediatric A&E. Mrs Williams said that she brought Grace here rather than Birmingham Children's hospital because it was closer to the school and their home, "it was just easier here."

Although she said she knows any follow up treatment will be done at the children's hospital.

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Ambulance patient waiting in minor injuries

Emily Cowley was brought in to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in an ambulance earlier this morning.

Her foot was caught under a door as it opened and stripped the skin away.

Emily is waiting to be seen by a plastic surgeon.
Emily is waiting to be seen by a plastic surgeon. Credit: ITV News

As a trauma case, she was seen quickly after arriving and her wound was cleaned and bandaged. She is now waiting to see a plastic surgeon in the minor injuries waiting room and is expecting to be admitted ahead of an operation.

Emily told ITV News: "They saw me quickly when I first came in and now I'm just waiting, I don't know how long for. I wish I could just go home."

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Lip injury referred to QEHB to see plastic surgeon

Scott Shaw's lip was badly cut on a hedge trimmer. Credit: ITV News

Scott Shaw was cutting a hedge with a motorised trimmer when he slipped and cut his lip on the machine - he says he was lucky his injury wasn't much worse.

He was referred from an A&E unit to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham because of the specialist plastic surgeon who can repair his lip here.

He has seen a triage nurse but is expecting a long wait for the surgeon to become available.

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Nearby hospital refers inpatient with heart palpations

Alisha has been in the eating disorder unit, which is part of a different health trust from the Queen Elizabeth, for about three weeks. Today is the second time she has been sent to A&E with heart palpitations.

Alisha says that last time she came to A&E sha had to wait a long time to be seen.
Alisha says that last time she came to A&E sha had to wait a long time to be seen. Credit: ITV News

The 18-year-old said that last time it took a long time for her to be seen and her problems had stopped before and so there was no further action.

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