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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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Earache patient sent to A&E by GP

Mohammed had bad earache and was sent to A&E by a GP. Credit: ITV News

Mohammed Arfan was referred to A&E by his GP this morning.

He had bad earache and, after taking his kids to school, booked an emergency appointment with a doctor, who sent him to QEHB.

He has seen the triage nurse and is now waiting to see a consultant and to be given antibiotics.

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