Nursing Team

Karen Smyth – Nurse Manager

RGN (1986) Bsc Nursing Practice.

Karen joined the team in 2013 and now manages the nursing and health care assistant teams. She is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Independent Prescriber with special interest in Respiratory.

Advanced Nurse Practitioners

Vicki Maarman

Vicki has worked at Whaddon Healthcare since 2018. She is an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and an independent prescriber. Vicki’s role is varied but currently her main focus is Home Oxygen due to her nursing background is respiratory.

Ruth Thomas

Ruth qualified as an RGN in 1993 from Charing Cross Hospital, and after completing numerous modules achieved BSC (hons) in Nursing Practice, several masters modules in breathing techniques and is an independent nurse prescriber. She has been a community-based respiratory nurse specialist for 18 years and is now based at Whaddon Medical Centre involved in delivering home oxygen assessment, community respiratory clinic (AIRS) and post-covid assessment clinic.

Practice Nurses

Kate Hekkers

Kate qualified as a registered nurse in 2004.
She joined Whaddon Healthcare in 2014 and completed a practice nurse qualification.

Kate has gone on to complete a qualification in oral anticoagulation management, diabetes care and non-medical prescribing.

Lynda Hewitson

Lynda qualified as a registered general nurse in 1985. She began her practice nurse career in 1998. Lynda joined Whaddon Healthcare in 2018. Her main specialities are family planning, including coil and implant fitting. Lynda also specialises in Diabetes management, initiating insulin.

Steph Creighton


Steph qualified as an adult nurse in 2020, spending her first year of nursing in the local Emergency Department. Prior to completing her Nurse training, Steph worked for a sexual health charity for 11 years as part of the education team. She joined the team in January 2021 and is very much looking forward to developing her general practice nursing skills.

Ria Gumus

Ria Gumus BSc (Hons) Registered Nurse, successfully qualified in Adult Nursing in April 2020 and has enjoyed the two years since learning new skills within District Nursing. She has a keen interest in woundcare and Diabetes management. Ria is the newest member of the Nursing Team in Whaddon Medical Centre having joined in June 2022 and is thoroughly enjoying running her clinics. She will be undertaking Practice Nurse courses throughout the year to further her skillset.

Martha Cove

Heart Failure Nurses

Sue Bryden


Sue qualified as a registered nurse in 1989 and has over 30 years cardiology nursing experience, including Cardio-thoracic intensive care and being the Senior Sister of the Coronary Care Unit at Milton Keynes university hospital for 12 years. She has completed her ENB 249 Cardio-thoracic nursing course, ENB 998- Teaching and Assessing course and Post Graduate Certificate in Health services Management. Sue has currently been in the role of Community Heart Failure nurse since January 2020 and successfully completed her Master’s Module in Chronic heart failure.

Emma Reid

DipHE Registered Adult Nursing

Emma qualified as a registered Nurse at the University of Hertfordshire in 2011, before beginning her career as a Staff Nurse on the Cardiology Ward at the John Radcliffe Hospital. Following this, she worked as a Practice Nurse in Buckingham, and completed her Post Graduate Certificate in General Practice in 2017. Emma has worked for Whaddon Healthcare as a Community Heart Failure Nurse since December 2020, and enjoys combining her community skills and experience with her love for Cardiology.

Regina Bala

Heart Failure Nurse Regina trained and qualified as a Nurse back home in the Philippines and came to UK in 2010. After completing the Overseas Nursing Programme, she worked in a London hospital as an HDU/ITU Nurse for 8 years and moved to Milton Keynes in 2018 where she then joined Cardiology/Angiography Unit at Milton Keynes Hospital. She also worked as a Clinical Advisor with 111 for few months and then ventured on a new path of working in the community as a District Nurse. As year 2022 begun, she accepted a new role as a Community Heart Failure Nurse with the vision to share her community experience and expertise and at the same time explore on the challenging role of the specialised field of heart failure.