(302) 346-4000 | 200 Banning Street, Suite 110, Dover, DE 19904

Day Before Surgery


Arrival Time

You will receive a phone call between the hours of 2-5:00 pm to review your arrival time for the next day and to answer any questions you may have. Typically you are asked to arrive 60-90 minutes prior to your surgery time.

Please DO NOT eat or drink anything after 11:00 p.m. the night before surgery; this includes water, coffee, tea, milk, gum, and candy. If instructed to take any medication the day of surgery, please take with a small sip of water at least 2 hours prior to your arrival time at the surgery center. we asked that you do not smoke the night before surgery.



If you are scheduled to receive sedation/anesthesia you must have a responsible escort (at least 18 years of age) to take you home and we recommend they stay at the facility. If you do not have a responsible escort to take you home, your surgery will be cancelled and/or rescheduled until arrangements can be made. We recommend that you have someone stay and care for you for the first 24 hours after your surgery/procedure.

No smoking after midnight the night before surgery

Thank you for selecting Delaware Surgery Center for your surgical needs.


If you have any questions, please call:

Main Number: (302) 346-4000
Pre-anesthesia: (302) 741-0452

COVID-19 Facility Update

Delaware Surgery Center remains committed to the safety of our patients, caregivers, and community.  The following safeguards, screening processes, and visitation policies have been instituted.

Keeping You Safe for Surgery

• If day of surgery you feel sick or are exhibiting any signs or symptoms of illness such as fever, chills, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, loss of taste or smell, or extreme fatigue; please DO NOT report and call the surgery center

• A face mask is required for all persons entering the facility

• Please perform hand hygiene upon arrival to our registration desk

• All areas are cleaned between each patient

• Seating is limited in our waiting room in attempts to maintain 3-6’ social distancing

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible to prevent potential        contamination of surfaces

• When possible cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, place tissues directly into the    trash can and perform hand hygiene

Facility Screening and Testing

• Prior to your day of surgery, you will be interviewed over the phone by a member of        our  pre-anesthesia staff. For your safety and for the safety of all of our patients/staff,      please provide honest answers to our questions and or any recent COVID                    exposures or illnesses, as additional testing may be recommended such as 3-5 days    for vaccinated and 5-7 days for unvaccinated.

• All vaccinated and unvaccinated patients will be screened and must undergo preop COVID testing as per the facility guidelines. Please be patient with our staff, as COVID testing guidelines are subject to frequent changes pending Delaware and CDC guidelines.

• Upon arrival to our facility you and your ride will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms    and a temperature check performed.

Visitation Restrictions

At this time the center is permitting only 1 visitor as the patient’s responsible adult or ride home.  This person must be at least 18 yrs. of age and may either wait in our waiting room or they may wait in their car in the parking lot. All responsible adults must provide a cell phone number and be immediately available by phone.  All post-op all patient’s will be discharged at the south end of the building under the overhang.


For those with recent international travel for anyone returning to the United States, it is recommended to get tested 3-5 days regardless of their vaccination status.

We appreciate your cooperation during this time.

References: cdc.gov/coronavirus and coronavirus.delaware.gov