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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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Patient leaves an A&E with referral

Sheila Kate Long, who arrived at A&E around an hour ago, has been seen by the staff at Queen Elizabeth Hospital and left. She was suffering from a skin condition which left her in pain and without the full use of her right hand.

Sheila has been given a referral to a dermatologist as she had hoped - but has been told that it could still be anywhere from three to six weeks before she gets an appointment.

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