The article presents a pilot study that aims to understand patient’s social practices around the call bell. Methods and analysis are inspired by the practice theory of Pierre Bourdieu. Empirical data are designed through observations and interviews with two patients. Results show that use of the call bell occurs when patients need help which is not a part of the predefined care. The call bell as a tool to make contact with caregivers is both inconvenient and complicated. The patient’s position in relation to professionals is compounded by the practice that is unfolding around the call bell. Results also show that patients often do not use the call bell even though they seem to need help. The hospital may, as an institution in the medical field, influence the patient’s use of the call bell. The study invites professionals to discuss and reflect on both patients and their own practices in relation to the call bell, both regarding pragmatic, attitudinal, and communicative matters. Further research in this area is required.