A Richmondshire GP surgery has issued a warning to patients after an online pharmacy targeted residents in the district.
Pharmacy2U has sent to letters to residents in Richmondshire advertising its services.
However, the Central Dales Practice has warned that switching to an online pharmacy service jeopardises the future of both existing pharmacy services in the district and GP practices.
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The practice said it was aware letters had been sent to patients registered with the surgery.
But said it did not recommend patients use the service.
In a statement on its social media page the practice said: “Pharmacy2U are a warehouse style online pharmacy.
“Using their service puts your practice and your local pharmacies at risk.
“Please continue to use our surgery for dispensing patients and your local pharmacy for non-dispensing patients, if you don’t want to lose your local surgery and pharmacy.
“Please support us.”
The Central Dales Practice has branches in Hawes and Aysgarth.
Managing partner Lynn Irwin said that dispensing medicine to patients provided income which allowed the surgery to run and staff the practice.
“Without it we would really struggle to keep both sites open,” Lynn added.
Pharmacy2U is the largest online pharmacy in UK and was set up by a team of pharmacists in 1999.