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The NHS treats more than a million patients every 36 hours. The A&E at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham has seen a sharp increase in numbers and today ITV News examines what is happening in these units.

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Builder hopes hand specialist can repair his finger

Builder Ernest Breeze has been referred to QEHB to see the hand specialist. Credit: ITV News

Builder Ernest Breeze managed to cut off the end of his finger with a circular saw.

He first went to nearby Heartlands Hospital just before 1.30pm today but, after the bleeding was stopped, was bandaged up and referred here to Queen Elizabeth Hospital where a hand specialist will likely fit a cap on to the end of his digit.

It means he has to go through the A&E waiting process twice in one afternoon.

"Next time, I'd come straight here," Ernest said.

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