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Swansea nurse Maureen Lumber's 42 years in urology over

Maureen Lumber
Image caption Maureen Lumber says a lot of people still do not seek continence help

A nurse who has spent her entire career at the same Swansea hospital is to retire after 42 years service.

Maureen Lumber started as a student nurse at Morriston Hospital in 1972 and has always worked in urology.

She said she had found her role as a clinical nurse specialist in continence "very interesting".

"There is still a bit of a stigma attack to it... we have tried to break down that barrier over the years," she said.

The Swansea-born nurse, who still lives in the city, qualified in 1975 and was a staff nurse before becoming a ward sister in 1979.

In 1990 she was was promoted to her current role and set up the hospital's first continence service.

She said: "Continence doesn't kill you but it does interfere with your quality of life.

"It can stop you taking part in social activities, holding down a job or maintaining relationships - things we all take for granted.

"It can affect a large number of people. Unfortunately, a lot of them don't seek help because it's a hidden problem."

Having turned 60, Ms Lumber will step down at the end of August.

She said: "I've had a great career, worked with some fantastic people and met a lot of lovely patients.

"I've loved it, but after 42 years I think it's time to call it a day."

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