Watchdogs say that 'major improvement' is necessary at a County Durham care home which was slapped with a one star hygiene rating in October.

The Grove on Birtley Lane in Chester-le-Street was awarded a very low rating by the Food Standards Agency in an inspection on February 1.

Following the inspection, the care home will have been informed that a number of improvements need to be made urgently.

Here’s what each food hygiene rating means:

0 - Urgent Improvement Necessary

1 - Major Improvement Necessary

2 - Some Improvement Necessary

3 - Hygiene Standards Generally Satisfactory

4 - Hygiene Standards Good

5 - Hygiene Standards Very Good

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During its inspection, the care home was inspected on its hygienic food handling, cleanliness and condition of facilities and building as well as management of food safety.

The business has been told that major improvement is necessary.

The Grove has been contacted for a comment on their recent inspection.