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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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Calm after the lunchtime rush

After queues formed at the A&E before and over the lunchtime, the waiting room in the minor injuries clinic is almost empty.

Some bays remain open this afternoon. Credit: ITV News

The numbers arriving at A&E flow throughout the day and the next peak is expected around the evening rush hour.

The staff would normally expect all the cubicles in the department to be full by now, but some remain open this afternoon.

There have been 17 further admissions from ambulances in the last four hours.

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