Edwyn Wren HoskynsBMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2077 (Published 16 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2077
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Wren Hoskyns had such a profound presence that perhaps I could add a few more aspects of his dynamic life to his obituary. Wren was an exceptional clinician and an extremely pleasant colleague. He was appointed as a consultant paediatrician and neonatologist at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust in 1993 and as such he dedicated his life to the care and management of sick and vulnerable children. He was an unassuming gentleman and a devoted clinician who touched the lives of many friends, colleagues, patients and their families.
He developed a special interest in infectious diseases including tuberculosis in children and with other colleagues he was involved in the management of a large outbreak of tuberculosis that occurred in Crown Hill Community College in the City of Leicester in 2001. Known for his intellectual range and wisdom he wrote and published a number of original papers on various aspects of his practice. He was a keen teacher and introduced critical thinking as a tool to promote patient safety, quality of care and evidence based practice among his trainees and medical students.
He loved choral singing, cycling and rugby. Following the death of his father in 2010, he inherited the Hoskyns baronetcy but never actually used or registered the title. Perhaps he was so content with his love for sick children and his devotion to their care that he never felt the need for any titles other than a child health clinician. His untimely death in January 2015 in a freak cycling accident is a tragic loss to the profession, to his friends, family and colleagues. Wren will be greatly missed and long remembered by all who knew him.
Sayed S Bukhari
Dr. Sayed S. Bukhari MBBS, DGUMed, MSc, FRCPath, Cert Mt
Consultant Clinical Microbiologist
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Leicester Royal Infirmary
Leicester LE1 5WW
telephone: 0044 (0)116 2586542
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Competing interests: No competing interests