Scott Shaw has now left the hospital after having his lip stitched up.
He came in to the A&E this morning after a slip with a hedgecutter left him with a nasty gash.
"The worst part was the injections - they were very sharp," he said. "But after that I couldn't feel anything."
The only snag was a 30-minute wait at reception to be issued with a prescription.
A&E departments across the country are having what some people call "a challenging" time and others say is a full-blown crisis.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham is a major trauma centre treating the most severely injured casualties from across the Midlands.